A Whole School Commitment to Learning – An Integrated Approach to Behavior Management (Grades 5-12) – Parent Version Featured

10 January 2018, 4:18 am Written by  VP Students Services
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Our promise is to protect the rights of every student to learn and enjoy school.

The whole school commitment to learning is a new approach to the way we manage student’s approach to learning. We refer to it as COMMITMENT TO LEARNING PLAN – (CLP). We believe that students who are more focused in their commitment behave appropriately. They see learning as a priority; they are engaged and develop powerful learning strategies.

Highly effective and powerful teachers teach by engaging students. There is no separate behavior management system at the class level. There will be, however, a simple set of class rules such as: Put your hand up if you want to speak etc. The overarching philosophy of the plan is to shift 100% of responsibility for learning and behaving to students—where it belongs—but in a way that motivates them to eagerly take this responsibility.

The approach is underpinned by a COMMITMENT TO LEARNING PLAN – (CLP) which will be explained below.

THE CLP

Powerful teachers use the CLP which is absolutely non-negotiable. The plan is underpinned by both learning and relationship building behaviors, the components of which are as follows. Students’:

  • ATTITUDE TOWARDS LEARNING
  • COOPERATION
  • BEHAVIOR
  • HOMEWORK
  • ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS OTHERS
  • ORGANISATION

Importantly, every teacher is committed to a whole school system (modified for the different areas of the School), so that students learn and enjoy school. Success depends on whole school staff, student and family support and commitment.

What does the whole school system CLP look like? How does it work? What is: A Whole School Commitment to Learning – An Integrated Approach to Behavior Management?

Students must be committed to achieving excellence in the above 6 components, some of which are more learning dominated while others have a more behavioral emphasis.

How do we commit to the approach in practical terms?

The driving force behind the approach are the 6 components which will be prominently displayed in the classroom and around the school. Following discussion and explanation at the beginning of the year (and at appropriate times throughout the year), students and teachers gain a common understanding of both the components and the system. Teachers give students feedback on their progress in relation to the 6 components

At the end of each Term, teachers will enter grades (1-4 with 4 being excellent) for each of the 6 components. These grades will be made available to parents.

We also use the CLP to track those students who have a low commitment to learning. Parents of these students will be notified. These students are placed on an individual Commitment to Learning Plan which is graded every lesson by the teachers. It is hoped that these individuals make a greater commitment to their learning. If they achieve this goal consistently, these students will be removed from the list. If a student remains on this individual Commitment to Learning Plan at the end of March, parents will be contacted.

Communication Process

  1. 1St incident (Stage 1): Teacher deals with the situation (a brief talk) - Stage 1
  2. 2nd incident (Stage 2): Teacher deals with the incident (‘lower level conference’) – Stage 2
  3. 3rd incident (Stage 3): Teacher organizes meeting with the Home Room Teacher (HRT). This is recorded on the CLP. The student’s case is brought up at the Thursday Family Meeting to determine a pattern. If there is concern in more than 1 class, the HRT or supervisor (there may be a language barrier) will contact the parents at this stage. Alternatively, the VP Student Affairs (cc Supervisor) recommending detention. The VP Student Affairs will determine the course of action which may include a detention. In this case, he will notify the supervisor who will call the parents. If the student is experiencing difficulty with only 1 teacher, the HRT, the teacher involved and the student will meet. The teacher should discuss the case with the other relevant teachers during the family meeting to determine how the student’s commitment to learning is being managed successfully. Action is recorded on the CLP. Consequences may include detention.
  4. Stage 4: If there is no improvement during the next week, VP Student Services and the Parent Liaison Coordinator will be responsible for the next stage. This may include: detention, suspension, a Daily Behavior Management Contract (Individual Commitment to Learning Plan) will be determined. The process may include:
  • Contacting the parents and student advising them of the continued inappropriate behavior.
  • Explaining the Individual Commitment to Learning Plan
  • Organising other meetings as applicable.

Where a student’s behavior shows no sign of improvement across the different subjects, the VP Student Affairs will become involved. He will request a meeting with the parents which will be organised by Parent Liaison Coordinator.

Importantly, those students who attain excellent commitment to learning grades will be awarded Gold Certificates at the end of each term.

Michael Chittenden

VP Student Services

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