Lovell Middle School uses Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) to address student behavior. PBIS places an emphasis on a schoolwide system of supports that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.
In the past, schoolwide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. While this type of discipline still has its place, research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step in a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of schoolwide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.
Currently, our students set short-term goals in their FLEX classrooms which focus on one of three areas:
-Respect to self, others, and property
If the class accomplishes their goal, they are rewarded from a menu of options. This reward system has replaced the large reward days at the end of each semester we had implemented in the past.
Please take some time to talk with your child about positive behavior and have them describe their current goal and how they can meet it.