Good behavior earns rewards for students and at one school it is making a difference.
At J.I. Barron Sr. Elementary School, Assistant Principal Jennifer Malone and her team started a “Barron bucks” system for rewarding positive behavior. Students earn “bucks” for having some of the virtues that are desired in Barron students, such as respect, self discipline, and responsibility.
According to Malone, the bucks rewards are a way to reach and affirm every student, not just those with consistently good behavior or grades, which is what makes Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) so effective.
When students cash out their bucks, they can use them for nacho parties, time in the student union, or free dress days. Many of the children wait to use them in the Barron Store, which opens in the auditorium twice a year.
“We have seen a decrease in suspensions, a decrease in in-school suspensions and in just outright misbehavior in class. … A lot of students that were behavior problems last year have really turned around,”” said Malone.
Items to stock the store are ourchased with PBIS funds raised by the school or from Red River Bank, a partner in education
“I spent $900 we raised to give back to (students),” Malone said. “It’s just little dollar store stuff, but they feel like they’re getting the world.”