Positive Behavior is Not a Dream...It's a Plan!
It's PE, block 6. Sixth graders are starting to assemble. Ms. Jan Frawley is not here yet, so I talk to the students about how the class runs. Me, “What do you have to do to get a good grade in this class?” Students respond, “Be respectful; responsible. Follow directions; participate. Bring your PE clothes.” Me, “What do you like about Ms. Frawley?” Student, “She’s always chill.” Me, “What does that mean?” Student, “Calm, funny, relaxed.” I say, "What happens when kids don’t follow directions?” “They get a warning. She talks to us. If they keep messing up they go to the dugout or they get an F for participation. They lose points.”
Ms. Frawley has made a huge change this year. After teaching at John Glenn HS for 33 years, she filled a long-vacant spot here at LAMS. I ask her how the two schools compare. “The classes here are so big! At Glenn we had about 30 students compared to 60 here. You could get to know the students there, and you bond like a ‘familia.’ I’m shocked by the level of squirrel-iness, but I’m getting used to it. The kids are so sweet.”
Today the class is playing Frawleyball. It’s kickball rules but you use a tennis ball and racket. Jan is energenically cheerleading, encouraging, running alongside the kids to their bases, and making personal connections. This winning combination is the essence of PBIS. Thank you Ms. Frawley for joining the Los Alisos Familia.
The best part of teaching is that it matters. The hardest part of teaching is that every moment matters every day.
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