Schools are continuously striving for ways to improve the educational programs for their students. Blossomland Learning Center has a School Improvement Team that has worked the last two years to implement an effective behavior management and motivational practice that supports all of our students. A sub-committee participated in two years of training and then brought this information back to the team to develop a program to implement at BLC. The following beliefs guided the development of the plan:
- All students must be treated with dignity.
- Students should be taught the skills and behaviors necessary for success.
- Motivation and responsibility should be encouraged through positive interactions and building relationships with students.
- Student misbehavior represents a teaching opportunity.
The team spent considerable amount of time collecting information through staff, parent & student surveys. In addition, they did common area observations throughout the building. The entire staff worked together to fine-tune the mission statement, identify staff beliefs, and analyze data collected. The information obtained was then used to “design a proactive and positive school-wide discipline plan.”
Guidelines for Success describes skills, traits, and attitudes that students need to be successful in school. The following is BLC’s Guidelines for Success:
Posters are displayed throughout the school. This information outlines our expectations of behavior in various locations throughout the building including the classroom, hallways, therapy sessions, pool, gym, office, computer lab, transportation, etc. Pictures were incorporated for visual supports for the students. These Guidelines for Success are taught to the students and referred to every time behavior is addressed.
We celebrate the success of our students through STAR stickers, referrals for Student of the Month, assemblies, and rewards for positive STAR behavior demonstrated. This has been incorporated into the classrooms as well.
View a PowerPoint that introduces the program we implemented at BLC