Eastover actively supports and practices Positive Behavior Support, which is a process for creating safer and more productive learning environments through the teaching of guidelines for success and behavioral expectations, support and focus on positive behaviors, and consistent and researched-based effective interventions for behavioral errors and discipline issues and bullying. Data is kept to look at areas of success, and areas of continued skill-building and needed intervention.
PBS is supported and highly encouraged as "best practice" from the Michigan Department of Education, the Individual with Disabilities Educational Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Research shows that with the implementation of PBS and School-wide behavioral supports for ALL students, that there are vast improvements in overall student behavior and school climate, reductions in bullying behavior, increased academic time in the classrooms, improvement in overall academic scores, and greater student and staff satisfaction with the learning process.
As part of the process, Eastover has adopted a unified set of school rules and behavioral expectations. You will see these rules posted throughout the school, and your child will be learning them during his or her first days at school. Our unified classroom rules, found in every classroom and non-classroom setting throughout the school follow the acronym "S.O.A.R." and are as follows:
Self-Control (examples: Be patient, Stay seated, Hands and feet to self, Make good choices, Play fair, Wait your turn.)
On-task (examples: Be an independent thinker, Go directly to your destination, Walk to and from playground, Follow directions, Do your business and get right back to class.)
Acceptance (examples: Listen to others, Be a cooperative learner, Include others, Treat others the way you want to be treated.)
Respect (examples: Be on time, Avoid interrupting, Use manners, Respect others' choices and personal space, Be kind.)
As part of the PBS process, teachers and all school personnel use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students following the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:
- Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations
- Provide students with more praise than correction
- Talk to students with respect using a positive voice tone
- Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction
- Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirection as we teach
- Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent and explicit feedback.
Please feel free to use the "Guidelines for Success" language at home so that these concepts are reinforced in ALL environments!