I'm writing today's post in hopes that some of you can offer some advice. As I've mentioned before, the students in my school are very... er... challenging. Discipline, once beyond the classroom teacher, though, has become, in my humble opinion, very inconsistent. Let me explain what I mean...
For our school-wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, for those that aren't familiar) tracking, we use a system called Kickboard. At the beginning of each week, students are given $100 on their paychecks. Money can be added or deducted based on behavior from any staff member in real-time. Minor incidents that impact only the student in question, are worth $4, repeated offenses or those that disturb others are $8, violations that interfere with the learning environment (disrespect to others, talking back to teachers, consistently not following directions, etc.) are $15, and $25 are reserved for the major offenses like fighting. Our goal is for every student to maintain an average of $80 per week in order to participate in our school-wide celebrations, and at the end of each week, students with averages of $100 or more can choose a smaller reward (extra hour of PE, office helper, food certificates, etc.).
Paychecks are handed out to students (although I think they should be emailed directly to parents) at the end of each week, including an itemized list of additions and deductions with comments (warnings) from staff members. For most students, either the intrinsic reward, lack of consequences, or the smaller rewards we offer have been enough to keep behavior in check.
For other students, though, this paycheck system is a joke. By the end of today, for example, I have 5 students who are already below $50 for the week (one was at $24 by the end of third period). These students, of course, receive consequences of parent phone calls, silent lunch (two deductions in any day), after school detentions (any $30 loss in one day), and suspensions (at the discretion of our Dean of Students).
Some of my students can go from a simple $4 warning to $19 or more in mere seconds because they can't handle being redirected (even though they get two warnings before their first deduction) and they "flash out" on teachers for daring to deduct their money. It's a constant battle, trying to teach these students that there are better ways to express their frustrations or to just follow the directions the first time they're given.
Recently, the problem is that our ISS numbers are simply too high (once again, consider our population), and it just doesn't look good to the state. The newest solution has been to put students in ISS only for the teacher(s) where they had offenses the previous day because this is seen as a "time out" and doesn't have to be logged in the state tracking system. In my opinion, though, this is not effective. Especially because students can be put in this "time out" for incidents that happen out of the classroom. For example, today I deducted a student several times for hallway violations and for refusing to follow directions at lunch. He is now removed from my class tomorrow, and I'm the bad guy because I'm the one that stepped up and deducted him, even though several other teachers were present.
I have five students going to "time out" from my classes tomorrow. Five! And one who is suspended out of school. And I feel like this reflects negatively on me!
I'm at a point where I kinda want to stop doing deductions because I feel like I have to be the fall guy when my coworkers refuse to follow through (often because it's already been established that I will be the person to do it, like in lunch). At the same time, though, the behavior I deduct is absolutely deserving of consequences, and I don't want these kids to think it's okay.