What does a Behavior Resource Teacher do?
- works to improve school-wide behavior in order to maximize instructional time
- supports teachers through positive behavior interventions
- helps provide tools for students to learn pro-social behaviors such as empathy, impulse control, and anger management
- teaches students to be responsible for their own behavior
- listens to students and helps them formulate plans and goals for solving their problem
- provides supervision for students before and after school, around the school campus
- communicates with families and organizes conferences with school personnel when needed
- determines consequences and restorative actions for students
How can you help your child?
- Practice consistent routines for homework time, bed time and school day wake up
- Establish clear rules at home which will carry over to school (waiting your turn, listening while others speak, communicating clearly, etc.
- Teach age appropriate independence and responsibility (cleaning room, brushing teeth, bathing, household chores, etc.)
- Maintain regular communication with your child’s teacher via notes, home/school folder, phone calls and conferences
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Rawlings is a PBIS school which means we strive to focus on the positive and look for ways to encourage good behavior. With PBIS, kids learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment. We have a token economy in which students earn Cosmic Cash. The cash can be earned by demonstrating the traits of our mantra; Respect, Responsibility and Safety. Students then use their cash to purchase items from the school store or pay their way into school-wide events such as; dances, bingo, non-uniform day, sporting events, slushy day, etc. Teachers also collaborate to plan grade level rewards regularly throughout the year.
Consequences & Resolutions
When faced with student issues, the team at Rawlings works on finding ways to correct the problem through restorative practices. Questions asked in a restorative conversation are: Who was harmed?, What are the needs of the harmed?, How can things be made as right as possible? and How can things be changed to create a better future? Consequences for behavior infractions can include anything from one-on-one conversations, peer mediation, time out, or corrective measures (cleaning up mess they made) to restorative circles or conferences, in school detention or suspension. More details about the behavior guidelines utilized by our school can be found in the Elementary Code of Student Contract found in the Alachua County Public School website.