PBIS & CLASS DOJO
What is PBIS?
Buckingham Elementary School utilizes the PBIS Program (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), a proactive approach to school-wide discipline. This program focuses on creating and sustaining an environment for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing challenging behaviors through a collaborative team approach.
Teaching appropriate expectations and providing students with helpful strategies makes this initiative a rewarding component to our classroom instruction.
Our goal is to have consistent behavioral expectations throughout the school, which will enable all students to be academically and behaviorally successful.
PBIS Mission Statement
It is the mission of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Team at Buckingham Elementary School to facilitate the effective teaching and learning of positive behavioral expectations. Our purpose is to help each child reach his or her greatest potential. Through positive behavioral supports, we aspire to teach life skills that enable children to deal confidently with the complex and rapidly changing world.
At Buckingham Elementary School, students have rights and privileges as well as responsibilities. As a school, we have set high standards for students to conduct themselves in a way that is respectful and helps to build a positive climate essential for learning. Students can expect school staff to reinforce the following school-wide expectations:
All students are taught the BES expectations through a matrix, or chart. Students are specifically taught how to show respect for yourself, others, learning, and the environment in each of the following areas:
· Bus · Hallway · Classroom
· Bathroom · Cafeteria · Playground · Assemblies
Systems are in place for re-teaching expected behaviors when necessary.
Class Dojo - Creating a Positive School Culture
What is Class Dojo?
In the 2019-2020 school year, Buckingham Elementary began using Class Dojo to help supplement and manage our School Wide PBIS Program.
Class Dojo is a digital tool that allows teachers to give students immediate feedback on their positive behavior choices. It also allows teachers to share meaningful highlights of a students day through texts, photos, and videos using the Class Dojo app. Class Dojo is FREE, and all students at BES are already a part of the program!
In addition to classroom based communication, BES also uses the app to share reminders about upcoming dates and events with the entire school.
It is our goal to have 100% of our students have a parent or guardian connected to the app.
We are hopeful that through using Class Dojo we will not only improve communication, but that children will be encouraged to talk about their school day with their families. Class Dojo can help teachers and parents support students' growth through goal-setting, feedback, and celebration!
To connect to your child’s Class Dojo account, download the Class Dojo app or visit Parents will need to enter a unique parent code from the school to access their child's account.
Please feel free to reach out to our Class Dojo School Leader, Mr. Hamilton if you have any questions or need a parent access code at BJHamilton@worcesterk12.org.
How Does the Dojo Point System Work?
Whenever students are caught following our BES rules of respect, they can earn a Dojo point in their account! Dojo points are a symbol of positive praise given to students in recognition of their appropriate behavior choices as part of our PBIS Tier I intervention system. These points will continue to accumulate until a students decides to trade them in towards incentives.
Dojo points can be redeemed on trade in days to participate classroom, or quarterly school-wide incentives. Students may also redeem Dojo Points in our school store for pencils, erasers, pens, etc.
The Dojo point system takes place of our former “Bucky Buck” paper dollar system. "Dojo Dollars" may be used as a tangible positive praise symbol of for younger students (pre-k and K). These dollars are then given to their homeroom teacher and converted to points in the Class Dojo application.
Parents have access to view the positive choices their students are making throughout the day along with point totals and point redemptions in the Class Dojo App!
Tiered Intervention System
Positive behavior intervention and support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.
Attention is focused on creating and sustaining Tier 1 (universal for ALL students), Tier 2 (targeted group support for SOME students), and Tier 3 (individual support for a FEW students) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional. (https://www.pbis.org/school/tier2supports)
The colored graphic shows the systems in place for students at BES to help shape and encourage positive behaviors.
Sample PBIS Lesson Plans
Below are a few sample lesson plans to address behaviors in different areas of the school.
Please check back for more updated lesson plans and resources throughout the year.