By Donna Summerall
Central School has implemented a new program; Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. The program encourages children to strive for better behavior with positive reinforcement. Central still strives toward academic success, but well-behaved children in the classroom can only improve the learning experience, according to Central School Principal Wynesther Cousins.
“We stress that the students behave respectfully of others, responsibly for themselves and their actions and safety,” said Cousins. “When the students behave better, they learn better. We now have rules that apply in every classroom. There is no, ‘Miss So and So lets us do whatever in her class.’ Walking the halls or changing classes, the same rules apply. Cafeteria rules are for every student, no exceptions. There is consistency throughout the school. There are even rules for riding the school buses, as they are the perfect place to exercise safe behaviors. This way each child knows what is expected of them.”
Cousins has instituted a reward system based on “wave points.” Students earn points by complying with the rules. There are five steps to remember for classroom behavior; raise hand to answer or ask questions, use appropriate voices for inside, listen and follow directions the first time, show self control and show respect for others. Cousins said that students who follow these rules collect points and can use them for different rewards. Students who had no referrals between Aug. 6 and Dec. 7, were treated to a field trip earlier this month to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala. Some 198 students earned the right to participate in the field trip. There are also monthly incentives. Cousins said 337 students with no disciplinary referrals in the month of November enjoyed a movie day. In December, that number jumped to 403.
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