Positive Behaviour Supports in Practice
This video series and learning guides are designed to support school communities in developing school-wide behavioral supports. Each video highlights an essential step taken by the staff of Anne Fitzgerald School, Edmonton Catholic Schools, in developing a shared vision and a common language as part of a proactive approach to managing challenging behaviors.
Introduction to Positive Behavioural Supports Video Series
This video series is designed to support school communities in developing school-wide behavioural supports. Each video highlights an essential step taken by the staff of Anne Fitzgerald School in developing a shared vision and a common language as part of a proactive approach to managing challenging behaviours.
Developing A Positive School Climate
A school principal’s role is essential when building a positive school climate. A principal assesses the conditions and creates a plan to support growth. Creating a positive school climate is a school-wide collaborative effort to design and implement strategies, practices and interventions for promoting positive social and communication skills.
Building Supportive Learning Communities
This is a systems-based strategy that uses a wide network of supports such as learning coaches, multi-disciplinary teams, and collaboration with RCSD models. Layers of support are needed when analyzing and understanding behaviours. Students should also be looked at in holistic ways and from different perspectives.
Classroom meetings are a school-wide strategy that develops prosocial skills so that students learn how to handle problems proactively and independently. Classroom meetings provide a safe place for healthy and respectful relationships to be developed in an authentic classroom context.
Universal Designs for Learning: Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behaviours in the Classroom
To manage challenging behaviours, it is important to plan in advance. Intentionally thinking about possible problem behaviours before engaging in planning your instructional day will reduce the possibility of disruptive behaviour. Taking a proactive approach to managing your classroom will help prevent noncompliance.
Universal Designs of Learning: Responding to Challenging Behaviour
When challenging behaviour occurs it is important to plan your reaction. Consistent response that is appropriate to the student will help reduce challenging behaviours from reoccurring. Three response strategies are: Planned Ignore, Positive Reinforcement and Appropriate Consequences.
How to Analyze Challenging Behaviour
While universal strategies provide a foundation for positive behaviour school wide, some students who exhibit chronic and pervasive behaviour fall within tier one of the pyramid of intervention. These children benefit from intensive individualized supports.
Developing and Implementing a Behaviour Plan
An individual student behaviour plan may help guide staff and instill confidence, while empowering them to address the individual student behaviour within the current context.
Establishing Home School Partnerships
Students’ attitudes towards school, achievement and behaviour improve when parents and family members are all involved with the school. Developing strong connections to the adults in a student’s life facilitates the development and implementation of effective intervention and supports.
Using Transitional Supports – Carlito’s Story
Flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of students is an important feature of an inclusive school community. Specific delivery models for individualized programs may vary from classroom to classroom and may at times require a higher level of support that extends beyond the home and school.