Woodland 3 BEE-haviors
At the end of the school year 2008 – 2009, our staff identified a need for a common language and proactive system of teaching appropriate and safe behaviors to all students. The staff was driven by the desire to help students become more independent in managing their own behaviors (particularly during unsupervised or unstructured times of the day) and by this idea, articulated by John Herner:
If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we punish?
The “Woodland 3 BEE-haviors” are new school-wide guidelines based on the Positive Behavior Support research and literature that provide the foundation for teaching positive, proactive behaviors throughout the school environment. These were introduced to students at the beginning of the 2009 – 2010 school year when the entire staff participated in a school-wide assembly explaining each of the “Woodland 3 BEE-haviors:” Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Respectful. The staff acted out each rule with specific examples that will continue to be used and reinforced throughout the school year.
The “BEE-haviors” are posted in prominent places in the school, and they will be published in the “BEE-havior Book” for each classroom. The Woodland Meadows staff members and our life-size mascot help encourage and reward students following the “Woodland 3 BEE-haviors” by giving students positive feedback verbally throughout the day and with the use or our sign (the three first fingers held up to show “3” and form a “W”). This is a new tradition to help students check to see if they are following the Woodland 3!