In an effort to purposefully recognize good behavior, a program called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is having positive results at several middle schools.
In the new initiative at John F. Parker, Benjamin A. Friedman and Joseph H. Martin middle schools in Taunton, positive behaviors are rewarded with tickets which students can save in their pencil cases, bookbags, or pockets. The visible reminders show how often students are noticed for doing something right.
When the red tickets are awarded, they are given quietly and the student must put them away immediately. The focus is on the class instruction, not on who gets an award. Students can redeem the tickets later for rewards at the school store.
“The program is a way to recognize the positive as opposed to the negative,” said Parker Middle School Assistant Principal Jaimie Pereira.