Positive Acknowledgements With Students (PAWS)

Post date: Jan 25, 2012 9:02:28 PM

When it comes to unwanted behavior, most students do not like "getting caught"... how about "getting caught" for positive behavior/good things? Ms. Marnik, Mr. Kreg, Mrs. Newby, Mrs. Metzler and the Tremont Consolidated School staff are working to make this more of a reality within our school. We are excited to share our Positive Acknowledgements With Students (PAWS) program, which is our school-wide approach to Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS).

This approach is one component of a Response to Intervention (RTI) system intended to ensure that students not succeeding in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Behavior are provided additional opportunities to learn.

As with the other content areas, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is a three-tiered approach. It focuses on supporting positive student behavior.

Tier 1 - Direct teaching of behavioral expectations for all students

Tier 2 - Small group instruction/support for students unable to meet these expectations

Tier 3 - Intensive, individual interventions for students who have ongoing behavioral issues not successfully addressed in Tier 2

Our newly developed PAWS program (Tier 1 for behavior support) establishes explicit school-wide behavioral expectations for all students, and opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate these across school settings. As a part of this program staff will be issuing Paw-wards. This is a card acknowledging that a student was caught doing something right in regard to behavior. Students receiving these will turn them in to their teacher and be entered into a lottery for possible future acknowledgement. Additionally, they will bring home a "PAWS Caught-Ya" card. In our effort to focus on positive behaviors and it being good to get caught, we ask that these take home cards remind students to share their positive behavior recognition with their families.

We will be holding a kick-off assembly Monday, January 30th at approximately 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. Parents are welcome to join us to learn more about this exciting initiative!