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Lessons to Teach Positive Behavior Expectations

Lessons for PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)

Glen Cove Expected Behavior Lessons for Playground

Topic – Be Safe

1.       Walk between locations.

2.       Run in running areas only.

3.       Slide down the slide.

4.       Leave rocks, etc. on the ground.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

It is important to be safe so that no one is hurt.  We have lots of injuries when students run in groups or in areas that are too crowded.  We have injuries when the slide and equipment are not used correctly.  Rocks cause some of our worst injuries.  When a rock is thrown it becomes a weapon.

Positive examples

--  A student walks after the bell to the line up spots without bumping.  No one is hurt. 

--  Students go down the slide one by one so feet don’t hit someone in the head. 

Non-examples

--  A student is running after the bell pushing into someone causing and injury. 

--  A student is going down the slide kicking someone in the head causing them to be hurt and angry resulting in a fight.

--  A group of students were having a rock or pine cone war with students hurting each other resulting in a fight.  Some students were hurt.  There were suspensions because throwing a rock is using an object as a weapon and is a serious violation of school and district rules.

 

Topic – Be Responsible

1.       Keep hands and feet to yourself.

2.       Play school games fairly.

3.       Solve Disputes using Rock Paper Scissors.

4.       Get permission before leaving the yard.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

Each student at Glen Cove contributes to how the school feels.  When we all are responsible for our actions the school will be a thoughtful place that is fair and fun for everyone.

Positive Examples

--  In line all students line up on dots without bumping or pushing into each other.  Everyone is calm and reading to go into the classroom. 

--  In 4 square when a student is out they go peacefully to the end of the line without arguing.  The rest of the group says “good try.”  If there is a dispute, the two students do Rock Paper Scissors and agree to the result….one student goes out of the game.  A teacher who sees this gives each student a Distinguished Hawk Award. 

--  A student who needs to go to the office due to an injury, gets a pass from the supervisor and goes to the office.  The office staff sees that the student has permission and helps the student with and ice pack and a band-aide.

Non-Examples

--  A student pushes another student out of line to cut in front.  The other student pushes back and everyone is angry because they have to wait longer in line, the game stops, an adult come to help solve the problem.

--  A student won’t go out of a game when everyone says he is out.  The student refused to do RPS….Everyone gets angry.  The game stops.  No one wants to play with this student in the future.  An adult gets involved to solve the problem.

--  A student gets hurt and a group of students go to the office with drama.  The office staff is busy with parents and has to send students back.  This takes time.  The student who is hurt does not get help immediately.

 

Topic – Be Respectful

1.       Share equipment and take turns.

2.       Use kind words.

3.       Follow adult direction quickly.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

We want Glen Cove to be a kind place for all students where students look forward to coming each day.  We want students to have friends and have fun so that after recess we can focus on learning and not on recess problems.  Name calling and put downs hurt students.   They are not jokes.  This is not TV.  Hurting students with words is not a competition or funny.  The use of mean words  is a big area for us to improve this year.

Positive Examples

--  A student is by herself and lonely.  Another student comes up with a ball and asks if she wants to play basketball together.

--  A student is crying and another student comes up and says that it is OK and can I help?  The other student says thank you and she stops crying.

--  A teacher asks a student to get off the handrail to be safe.  The student says OK and does it.  The teacher says walks to line when a student is running….the student stops and walks safely to line.

Negative Examples

--  A group of student is playing basketball.  A student runs in and grabs to ball.  The students are upset.  Their game stops.  One student chases the student, grabs to the ball back.  The student falls and gets hurt.

--  A group of girls starts saying bad things about a student’s mother and are laughing.  The student starts to cry and walks away.  The student does not want to come to school the next day.  The parent calls the school to say the child is being bullied.  All the girls are asks to undo the harm they caused.

--  A student is running unsafely.  The adult tells the student to be safe and to walk.  The student ignores the adult….giving some attitude, does not see where he is going, trips and falls – skins his knees.

 

Glen Cove Expected Behavior Lessons for Bathroom

Topic – Be Safe

1.       Walk in and out of bathrooms

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

It is important to be safe so that no one is hurt.  We have lots of injuries when students run into and out of the bathrooms chasing. 

Positive examples

--  A student needs to go to the bathroom at recess.  Walks to the bathroom by himself, uses it, and then goes back outside.

Non-examples

--  A group of students run into the bathroom chasing and laughing.  A student slips, falls, and hurts herself.

 

Topic – Be Responsible

1.       Go to the bathroom by yourself.

2.       Use toilets and urinals correctly. Flush!

3.       Put paper towels into the trash can.

4.       Use quiet voices.

5.       Wash your hands.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

We want the bathrooms to be a pleasant place for all students to take care of their bodily functions.  Students who do not feel comfortable may have accidents in class or wait uncomfortably until they get home.

Positive Examples

--  A student needs to use the bathroom and gets permission from his teacher.  He goes by himself, uses the toilet, flushes, uses the soap and water, dries off hands, puts towel in trash can and walks by himself back to class ready to learn.

--  A student sees towels on the ground, picks them up, and puts them into the trash can.

Non-Examples

--  A group of students goes into the bathroom yelling.  A boy gets distracted at the urinal and gets urine on the floor.  He forgets to flush. Later the bathroom starts to smell bad (C pod).

--  A student throws his towel on the ground.  And then another….by the end of the day the bathroom is a mess.

 

Topic – Be Respectful

1.       Give other students privacy.

2.       Use sink, stalls, soap, and paper good appropriately.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

We all want privacy when using the bathroom.  We also want soap and paper towels when needed.  We want the floor to be dry and not slippery from water or soap.

Positive Examples

--  A student goes to the bathroom.  Other students respect his privacy.  When done, he uses just enough soap and water to clean his hands.  One towel is used to dry his hands.

Negative Examples

--  A group of students comes in yelling.  One student looks under the stall while another student is using it.  The student is too uncomfortable to finish using the toilet and leaves uncomfortable and has to use it again later.

--  Two students are horsing around.  One grabs on to the stall door to swing.  The door comes off and the student gets hurt.  The parent has to pay for damage to the school $1,500. (mostly a true story)

--  Students are playing with soap and water.  The floor gets slippery.  One student slips and hits his head on the sink causing a serious injury.

--  A student takes all the towels, throws them around causing a mess because she thinks it is funny.  The bathroom is left a mess.  The next student to wash her hands can’t dry them.   The custodian must clean up the mess and refill the towel dispenser.

Glen Cove Expected Behavior Lessons for Common Areas

Topic – Be Safe

1.       Walk on pink paths and pathways.

2.       Be careful with doors.

3.       Be careful at drinking fountains.

4.       Always be supervised or have permission to go to another place.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

It is important to be safe so that no one is hurt.  We must know where students are at all times or else we have to search for a missing student.  We have to watch students at all times as it is our legal responsibility to supervise.  We have had serious injuries with the doors and drinking fountains.

Positive examples

--  A student has a permission slip from the teacher to go to the office and walks to the office.

--  During recess a student opens the door for another student to use the bathroom.

--  At recess there is a line to the drinking fountain and all students keep their hands to themselves.

--  At recess all students a playing in the supervised areas.

Non-examples

--  A student leaves the classroom without permission and runs to the bathroom and knocks over a student.  We do not know where the student is so we start a search of the whole school.

--  A student pulls the door shut on a student thinking it is a fun game.  The student gets his finger caught in the door and the finger breaks.  (true story)

--  A student pushes another student at the drinking fountain.  The student hits his tooth against the metal fountain and the tooth breaks in half.  (true story)

--  A student goes up into the bushes to hide.  After 45 minutes the parent is at the school along with the police department searching for the student. (true story)

--  A group of students leaves the yard to go to the park before school.  They are late for class.  We call parents and they are frightened.  We involve the police department in a search.

 

Topic – Be Responsible

1.       Keep hands and feet to yourself.

2.       Go directly to locations.

3.       Tell an adult of anything dangerous.

4.       Use materials properly.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

We want the all areas of the school to be safe and orderly at all times.

Positive Examples

--  Two students walk directly to the office with the lunch count.  Their hands are to themselves.

--  A student sees that a cover is off an electrical box and so there is a hole.  He tells a teachers and the cover is replaced.

Non-Examples

--  A group of students are play fighting while walking in line.  One student falls and gets hurt.

--  A group of students are running around and chasing when they were to go to the office.  Classrooms were distracted.

--  A student saw broken glass on the yard but did not tell anyone so when a student fell he was cut by the broken glass.

 

Topic – Be Respectful

1.       Whisper near buildings.

2.       Be polite to adults and students.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

Our focus at Glen Cove is academic success for all students.  We need students to be quiet near classrooms in order to respect the learning that is going on throughout the school.  We want students to be polite so that the school feels nice and caring for everyone including adults.

Positive Examples

--  Students walking out to recess are whispering when they walk by the classrooms.  When an adult asks students to be quiet near a room, they comply easily.

Negative Examples

--  A group of students runs out of the classroom for recess yelling by a classroom that is working hard on math.  The teacher has to come out of the room to tell the students to be quiet.  The students ignore the teacher and keep yelling and run away.

 

Glen Cove Expected Behavior Lessons for Multi-purpose Room

Topic – Be Safe

1.       Walk in and out of multi-purpose room

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

It is important to be safe so that no one is hurt.  We have lots of injuries when students run into and mostly out of the multi-purpose room chasing.  Running during lunch causes spills and injuries.

Positive examples

--  You class walks into the multi-purpose room gets lunch.  Eats lunch.  At dismissal, students stand up and walk out to the yard.

Non-examples

--  At dismissal a group of students gets up and runs out of the room.  One student trips and falls.  Another student falls on top of the student.  Both students get injured.

--   At chorus time, classes are dismissed to walk back to their room.  A group runs ahead of their teacher and runs into a grandmother who is walking into the school.  She gets hurt.  The students feel bad and get into trouble.  (true story)

 

Topic – Be Responsible

1.       Raise your hand if you need help.

2.       Stay seated with legs under the table.

3.       Keep hands and feet to yourself.

4.       Pick up all trash in your area.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

We want the multi-purpose room to be a pleasant place for all students to eat everyday.  We want students to have good manners and be responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

Positive Examples

--  A student needs to use the bathroom.  The supervisor gives the student a bathroom pass.

After getting lunches, students from a class all sit down.  There are no spills because everyone is sitting with legs under the table eating with good manners.

--  After finishing lunch each student picks up all their trash and throws it away.  One student picks up several pieces of trash that someone else dropped on the ground.

Non-Examples

--  A group of students gets up to go to the bathroom without permission.  One student bumps into another and a lunch is spilled causing a mess.

--  Several students are sitting backwards playing around.  One student knocks a milk over causing a mess.

--  One student reaches over and takes food from another student who gets angry causing a fight.

--  Several students do not pick up their trash so the whole class waits to be dismissed.

 

Topic – Be Respectful

1.       Use and inside voice.

2.       Be polite to adults and students.

3.       Eat politely.

4.       Follow adult directions quickly.

Tell Why the Expectations are Important

We want the multi-purpose room to be a comfortable place to eat and socialize.  If it is too loud, no one can hear each other and it is not safe.  Not one wants to eat if students are eating rudely.  Last year’s student survey indicated that manners were an area for growth.  We want adults to want to work with children at lunch.

Positive Examples

--  At lunch while students are eating, they are talking and enjoying themselves.  It is not too loud.  When an adult asks a student to sit down or sit properly, the students easily follows the direction.

Negative Examples

--  A student is tossing popcorn up and catches it with his mouth.  He knocks over a student’s lunch.

--  A student throws food at another student thinking it is funny.  The other student is very upset.

--  An adult asks a student to sit down.  The student sits but then stands up and walks around a minute later.

--  An adult asks a student to sit properly.  The student refuses.  The adult asks again and the student becomes angry and defiant.