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November is Parent Engagement in Education Month

November is Parent Engagement in Education Month | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a proclamation designating November 2012 as Parent Engagement Month in Education in Georgia.
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Classrooms: How Do We See Learning?

 

Looking into Classrooms to See Where & How Thinking Is Valued, Visible & Actively Promoted Great tools to observe and teach using the Making Thinking Visible philosophy.

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At S.C. School, Behavior Is One of the Basics

At S.C. School, Behavior Is One of the Basics | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
With a special class on behavior and a strategy known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a Charleston middle school has found a way to reduce suspensions.
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7 Things to Know About Challenging Kids

7 Things to Know About Challenging Kids | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
ASCD smart brief re intervening with challenging kids
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The Parent Engagement Room: Parents/PBIS

The Parent Engagement Room:  Parents/PBIS | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
As a parent, I attempted to get involved in my children’s school many times.  The problem for me is that … Continue reading »...
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Creating the Optimal Learning Environment

Creating the Optimal Learning Environment | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it

George lists some key conditions that I believe must be created for students to give them the best opportunity for learning (in no particular order):

 

"The optimal learning environment can be implemented in classrooms, workplaces, and even at home. Do your best to create this for everyone and you will be amazed at how people flourish."

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Parenting Daily: Providing Resources for Parents is Quite "PBIS"!

A wonderful resource to share with parents.  Dr. Price Mitchell is a evelopmental psychologist and researcher working at the intersection of youth development, education, and civic engagement.  She curates by collecting a variety of resources of interest for parents.  Updated regularly!  Enjoy

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Consequences for whom? Rethinking the "C" Word

Consequences for whom?  Rethinking the "C" Word | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it

This is a great entry by Joe Bower, a progressive teacher from Alberta.  He attempts to dispell misconceptions around the purpose and effectiveness of the consequences mentality:  "get a bigger hammer and we will change the kid". 

 

"If we really care about character growth and ethical development in children, we have to stop managing their behaviors and start working with them as safe and caring allies. We need to stop seeing misbehavior as this thing to be squashed out and start seeing misbehavior as problems to be solved together."

 

Ross Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving that asserts "children will do well if they can" is mentioned.   This model puts the student in the driver's seat when it comes to identifying and solving the problem from their lens.  The teacher facilitates and it is a joint venture borne out of a trusting relationship. 

 

"It takes courage not to punish, and it takes real effort to see misbehavior as an opportunity for the teacher to teach and the student to learn."

 

Additionally, I'd like to challenge the notion that "consequence" is about what adults DO after problems.  Theoretically, this is about whatever happens "after" to either make things better or worse.  This is often misunderstood. 

 

The teacher's role, in our highly complex social contexts, is to facilitate learning-  math, science and people skills, as well.  Proactive measures are most effective.  The relationship is the vehicle for problem solving together  when snafus arise. 

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"Children do well if they can." Ross Greene...

Collaborative problem solving works.  I love the idea that trusted adults/teachers/parents join the child to problem solve and facilitate change.  It works!

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October 22, 2012 Virginia Chat on School Climate

School climate gets at the way individuals feel about their respective school. School climates may vary, but one thing is for certain: A positive school climate can boost student achievement.
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The First 10 Minutes: Supporting the Child While in Class

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A consistent, effective morning routine sets the tone for the upcoming school day and prepares students for high quality learning. In The First 10 Minutes Steve Reifman describes a three-part routine that reaches and teaches the whole child.

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4 Ways We Can Connect With Parents | Connected Principals

4 Ways We Can Connect With Parents | Connected Principals | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by familymwr Recently I was asked about the idea of using specialized software to connect with parents so that th...
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Schools See Gains From Positive Behavior Approach - Disability Scoop

Schools See Gains From Positive Behavior Approach - Disability Scoop | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
A first-of-its-kind study looking at a widely-used program designed to improve behavior finds that the strategy is proving effective for students with and without disabilities.
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RtI: The Forgotten Tier

RtI: The Forgotten Tier | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
A Practical Guide for Building a Data-Driven Tier 1 Instructional Process | The great promise of RtI is the potential to reach and teach all students. That promise becomes a reality when the heart of an RtI system is a well-designed Tier 1 program.
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Building Trust and Making a Difference: Principal Burkhead's Blog

Building Trust and Making a Difference:  Principal Burkhead's Blog | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
The 8 Pillars of Trust     Clarity:People trust the clear and mistrust the ambiguous Compassion:People put faith in those who care beyond themselves Character:People notice those who do what is right over what is easy Competency:People have confidence in those who stay fresh, relevant and capable Commitment:People believe in those who stand through adversity Connection:People want to follow, and be around friends Contribution:People immediately respond to results Consistency: People love to see little things done consistently
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Online Versus Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC]

Online Versus Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC] | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
Online Versus Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC]: http://t.co/pQ1YFPp9 via @wordpressdotcom #abed #edtech...
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Students praise learner-centered instruction at RTI conference ...

Students praise learner-centered instruction at RTI conference ... | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
Teachers, administrators and superintendents eager to incorporate response to intervention (RTI) and student-centered learning practices into their curricula flooded the Augusta Civic Center for breakout training sessions at ...
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Creating the Conditions: Student Discipline | Connected Principals

Creating the Conditions: Student Discipline | Connected Principals | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it

“The proper question is not, ‘How can people motivate others?’ but rather, ‘How can people create the conditions within which others will motivate themselves?’ ” — Edward Deci

 

All students are good kids – some come to school with more skills than others in certain areas. When we have a student struggling with reading, we find ways to create a support network to teach the skills; this support network also must be developed when children struggle with behaviours.

Create the conditions for students to be successful: back up to where they are, support them through coaching, be patient… and watch them flourish.

 

 

 

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Early Cues: Keeping Them Engaged

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“You know, Mary. Crying in a baby is a late cue,”  said my sister as I held my quivering niece, … Continue reading »...Attending to early cues regarding student behavior.  Relationships are key.

 

 

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How to Build Self-Discipline – The 6 Key Elements - Dumb Little Man

How to Build Self-Discipline – The 6 Key Elements - Dumb Little Man | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
How to Build Self-Discipline – The 6 Key Elements. Do you often find yourself procrastinating? Perhaps doing things that you know you shouldn't be doing? Do you find it hard to stay focused and perform at your peak?
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Center For Collaborative Problem Solving: Perfect Intervention in PBIS Framework

Center For Collaborative Problem Solving:  Perfect Intervention in PBIS Framework | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it

Dr. Ross W. Green is Director of Cognitive-Behavioural Psychology at the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he specializes in the treatment of..

 

."The model sets forth two major tenets: first, that social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in kids are best understood as the byproduct of lagging cognitive skills (rather than, for example, as attention-seeking, manipulative, limit-testing, or a sign of poor motivation); and second, that these challenges are best addressed by resolving the problems that are setting the stage for challenging behavior in a collaborative manner (rather than through reward and punishment programs and intensive imposition of adult will).

 

CPS is an effective way to teach/learn with students when problems arise.  It works well under the PBIS framework as an intervention to support students during conflict. 

 

 

 

 

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The MAGIC of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (done well)

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I have been a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports coach at the building, district and county level for a decade.  I coach teams with three-year implementation plans that include universal, targeted and individual systems.  PBIS at the school-wide level is a framework under which schools can create sustainable culture change in their building. 

 

 The magic in PBIS, from my perspective, is that it is a teaching model that creates a positive, consistent and proactive system for teaching and acknowledging the "right things" within the highly social context of a school.  The kids know what is expected because they are taught.  All adults give specific praise when they see positive interactions. There is a coherent and predictable system in place to guide students and teachers when students are off-track.  The principal, teachers, bus drivers all teach what they expect and acknowledge when they see it.  Kids can also acknowledge peers. 

 

This is about consistency.  Culture change.  Social competence. Creating consistent routines in common areas and teaching them so kids don't have to learn via trial and error.   Implemented as intended-  PBIS can  produce lasting change and calm, predictable environments.  

 

Rewards, stickers and tangibles are not necessary, unless a building chooses to do so based on their population and unique individual needs. Specific praise is the issue. From the State Of Michigan's Manual  (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/SchoolwidePBS_264634_7.pdf): 

"Generous quantities of positive adult/teacher attention and other kinds of reinforcement to students for demonstrating positive behaviors, especially specific behavior expectationsl"  A smile is reinforcing!  : )

 

Keep in mind that for children from impoverished communities discipline should be instructive.  Teaching is paramount.   

 

The fundamentals: 

 

1.  Teach what we want to see

2.  Intervene early

3.  Use multi-level model (so that suspension/special education are not the only option)

4.  Use research based interventions

5.  Use data to make decisions

 

 

The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

 

 

 

Great overview from PBIS.org   http://pbis.org/school/primary_level/default.aspx

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5 Tools to Improve Teacher Performance in the Classroom > Eye On Education

5 Tools to Improve Teacher Performance in the Classroom > Eye On Education | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
In What Great Principals Do Differently: Eighteen Things That Matter Most, Todd Whitaker explains the qualities and practices that distinguish great ...
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Classroom Management..The Nerdy Teacher: #ProjectPLN November Issue

Classroom Management..The Nerdy Teacher: #ProjectPLN November Issue | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
RT @thenerdyteacher: #ProjectPLN is accepting posts on your best classroom management techniques for the November Issue.
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'Bullying: Words Can Kill' 48 Hours Special Addresses School Bullying (VIDEO)

'Bullying: Words Can Kill' 48 Hours Special Addresses School Bullying (VIDEO) | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
As students are heading back to school for the start of a new year of learning, for many, the focus is beyond the scope of the textbook.

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Honest, Clear Vision Leads to Climate We Want

Honest, Clear Vision Leads to Climate We Want | Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports:  Oakland County | Scoop.it
Great article on school leadership
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