There has been talk of a new recreational room, “falcon cards,” and gift drawings. Students are pleased with the innovations but are left wondering,”why?” Carl Hayden was awarded the S3 grant and given the challenge of improving conditions for learning as well as reducing high risk student behaviors. The idea is that instead of reprimanding and focusing on all the negative behavior, staff will now award the good behavior in Carl Hayden students. It is an attempt to shift the mood in our campus, but will it work?
Math teacher Chris Hogan commented that, “only if PBIS is implemented consistently throughout the year will it benefit the students. If it is not, then it will be just another thing that isn’t done right.”
This means the teachers have to hand out the cards only when they feel it is deserved. Rewarding good behavior is something staff will have to get used to. For so long the attention has been primarily towards bad behavior, so it might take a while for Carl Hayden teachers to grow accustomed to it.
“Students should be excited about getting rewards for good behavior,” said PBIS coordinator Adrian De Alba. “The long term-goal of PBIS is to promote positive behavior and lower the number of disciplinary referrals.”
So it seems that both the students and the teacher of Carl Hayden High School might be on their way to a positive compromise: No students want to get referrals and no teachers want to give them. Another added plus of PBIS is the fact if students behave well in class, they should be able to focus more and improve their grades.
PBIS is a program designed to both academically and socially improve our campus and it can only work if students are willing to make a change in their behavior. And why wouldn’t they? The prices for behaving well range from movie tickets to gift bags and snacks but there is a stronger motivation for a change at Carl Hayden: the hope of a peaceful atmosphere on campus.
By Anna Flores