Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. With PBIS, students learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or reading. Our fourth grade class learned about the importance of kind actions towards others.
In our fourth grade class, Mrs. Moffitt has been reading the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This story is about a boy who had to face a world that didn’t know how to face him. The story teaches that kindness is truly the best way to live and work with others. Throughout the reading of Wonder, students were making connections from the story to other situations or other readings in class. Connections like this enables our students to have a deeper understanding of what they are learning. Students also made "kind cards". Kind cards are where students write out what they see others doing that are positive and were posted on their door. Students finished the book by making posters that encapsulated the principle “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” This famous quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer was the backbone to many discussions in class. Their posters were then entered into contest to bring awareness about being kind and acting in a kind way with others.
As we end this month, our 8 Keys of Excellence focus was on the key of integrity. Integrity and kindness truly go hand in hand. As we know Integrity means that everything we say and everything we do are true reflections of what we value. Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Having these types of lessons, students are able to take concept like being kind or having integrity, and make it real to them.