Monday, November 11, 2019

Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #30

These letters are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, maybe we can make some adjustments. Principals have the best chance to do that.

Dear Principal,

     I would strongly suggest  better supervision at the high school. Why aren't the teachers at their doors during passing periods? The horseplay and bullying is out of control. My daughter, a sophomore, continues to be worried about going to school. She isn't being bullied, but the goofing off on the stairs is dangerous and the noise level and obscenity in the cafeteria is very disturbing to her. Please do something about this.
        Concerned Parent

This isn't an easy problem to solve. High schools are understaffed and students are stressed. But how to give structure to schools? What consequences will be appropriate?

Many school are adopting PBIS. Wait, what is that?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has definitely made its mark on the world of education. States, districts, and schools have made PBIS a requirement in an attempt to improve student behaviors and, ultimately, academic outcomes. PBIS now influences what our schools look like, how our schools discipline students, how educators talk to students, and much more.

Does this system work? Everything, as always, depends on who is involved with the program. More counseling and personal interaction with individual students can definitely reduce aberrant behavior, giving all students a chance to enjoy and excel at school.

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