June 24, 2018

Let's buddy up

Nov. 30, 2017

Duanesburg Elementary school classrooms are partnering this year with older or younger classes to help teach and model school-wide expectations of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.

"My students really look up to their older buddies," kindergarten teacher and PBIS coach Bridget Minute said. "When the 3rd graders model responsible behaviors, it makes a big impression on them."

After meeting each other, the buddy classes teamed up for introductory activities that ranged from problem-solving challenges to holiday celebrations. Next month, classes will put in motion the training they received from Sweethearts & Heroes. All of the students will role-play bully drills, an activity meant to make responding to bullies as automatic as stop, drop and roll.

"Teaming up across grade levels teaches the kids that they have allies of all ages," reading teacher and PBIS coach Polly Benjamin said.

PBIS has three core values: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe. The goal of PBIS at Duanesburg Elementary is to create a social culture that encourages positive behaviors and interactions, while discouraging problem behaviors. This creates a safe environment where students achieve academically and build positive relationships with each other and adults.

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