Motivating Positive Behaviors at LC
This week, we introduced our PBIS, or Positive Behavior Incentive System, to our 7th and 8th grade students.
PBIS is a research-based strategy to motivate and reward the right behaviors from adolescents, particularly at the middle school level. Especially at Lumen Christi, we know that most of our students are doing the right thing most of the time, and we want to recognize and celebrate the thoughtfulness and heart they put in to being their very best!
For the past month, students have been receiving their “Positive Behavior” points! To begin, we are focusing on core behaviors that result in student academic success and student connectedness. We hope to add more behaviors in the future as we grow in the system to motivate other success-oriented behaviors, like turning in all assignments and participating in extra-curriculars. For now, each week, students can receive 10 positive behavior points for each of the following behaviors: (1) Perfect Attendance — No tardies or days absent for the week (2) Focused Behavior — no Owed Times or Detentions for the Week and (3) Successful Academic Behaviors — Passing all classes. Each of these are awarded separately every week, so students get a fresh start every Monday!
We hope to engage you, our parents, in celebrating students with us! Positive behavior points will be e-mailed to you weekly so you can track your student’s good work!
Each month, students will earn a reward for 80 points of positive behavior (120 are available each month). For the month of January, most students have already earned an ice cream treat next week! Our deans will post a list on Tuesday of those students who have earned the reward and what the next month’s reward will be to motivate students to work hard.
We are looking forward to this experiment as educators in rewarding students for their good work! Thank you for sharing our values and beliefs!
In the Light of Christ,