POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is built on the principles that positive behaviour can be learnt and the environments can be changed to support effective teaching and learning for every student.
PB4L helps to foster positive behaviour, strengthen relationships, and increase student well-being by creating a caring and inclusive learning environment. Research shows that such environments have positive effects on student’s behaviour, resilience, learning and achievement.
Hawera High School is currently working through the first phase of developing and implementing the PB4L framework. This process takes at least 3-5 years to put in place and has involved our staff, students and community proactively defining, teaching and reinforcing expected behaviours.
To develop a culture in which everyone is respectful, responsible and ready to learn, Hawera High School has developed three positive behaviour expectations that are currently being taught to our students in a variety of contexts.
Be Responsible (Kia Kawenga): Being accountable for my actions.
Be Respectful (Kia Manaki): Showing consideration for myself, others and the environment.
Be Ready to Learn (Kia Rite Ki Te Ako): Being a life-long learner.
Hawera High School staff and students have also developed a school-wide positive behaviour expectations matrix that gives a comprehensive table of agreed, expected behaviours for each school setting. Students are explicitly taught these expectations in form classes and subject classes through modelling and practice. Lesson plans are based on Ako (reciprocal teaching and learning), which allows for classrooms to be relationship-centred. Teacher and learner roles are flexible and everyone learns from each other through discussions, role playing, brainstorming, sharing of ideas and working as a team.
Hawera High School has developed a school-wide positive reinforcement programme that acknowledges students who display expected behaviours in class and around the school. Acknowledging students who display expected behaviours plays a crucial role in placing student’s in the best position to experience success in their learning and social relationships. It also increases the likelihood of positive behaviours being repeated, and fosters a positive school environment.
All students have been introduced to our "Tauira Toa – Upstanding Students at Hawera High School" positive reinforcement programme. This programme gives students the opportunity to earn Tauira Toa tickets from staff when they display expected behaviours.
A PB4L focus for Term Four 2017 will “Be Respectful”. Staff and students have been working together in form classes and subject classes around what this looks like.
Students who earn Tauira Toa tickets go into a draw to win rewards within their form class every Day 5 of the timetable. These tickets are then added to two further draws that are drawn at the end of the term. The first being a reward for one student in each year level, and the second being a form class reward for students in the form class who earn the most tickets during the term.