Positive Behaviours and Character Education
Students are taught the school wide expectations and rewarded with a ticket randomly when they follow the expectations. These tickets are then brought to the school office to Ms. Martin who records them. Once the student has 5 tickets they become a member of the P200 club and select choice rewards from a student created menu. This system is based on a research based program for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The PBIS website states the following:
In the past, schoolwide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of schoolwide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.
Our data collection has proven time and again that the research is correct and that behaviors will improve with this school wide program in place.
(taken directly from their website)
Students achieve because they:
- feel included and appreciated by peers and teachers
- are respected for their different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams
- are actively involved in their own learning
- have positive expectations from others that they will succeed.
The clear purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
Tribes is a step-by-step process to achieve specific learning goals. Four agreements are honored:
Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (tribes). The focus is on how to:
- help each other work on tasks
- set goals and solve problems
- monitor and assess progress
- celebrate achievements.
The learning of academic material and self-responsible behavior is assured because teachers utilize methods based upon brain-compatible learning, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning and social development research. Most staff is either trained in TRIBES, or committed to the training when it is offered.
Character Education Through the 7 Teachings
The 7 teachings are integrated aross the K-6 curriculum through First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education and/or taught as a special class at WGH.
The traditional concepts of respect and sharing that form the foundation of the Aboriginal way of life are built around the seven natural laws, or sacred teachings. Each teaching honours one of the basic virtues intrinsic to a full and healthy life.
Each law is embodied by an animal to underscore the point that all actions and decisions made by man are manifest on a physical plain. The animal world taught man how to live close to the earth, and the connection that has been established between the animal world and that of man has instilled a respect for all life in those who follow the traditional Aboriginal way.
RESPECT COURAGE WISDOM LOVE TRUTH HONESTY HUMILITY