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One more week until our spring break. If the coming week is anything like last week, it’s going to be a l-0-n-g week. Last week saw a lot of students acting out. We are a sixty percent free and reduce lunch school. Recently I learned about ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) scores. It has been an AHA moment for me to see that it isn’t that we are a school with poverty but a school that has many students with high ACE scores. Students who have seen/experienced trauma that seems unheard of from my childhood (more likely it just wasn’t openly discussed).
Someone said something to me at school last week that I didn’t have an answer. It was something like that students were watching our difficult students do things and get rewarded thus encouraging negative behavior. What do you say?
I believe that when students are acting out at school, it’s because it’s not safe to do so at home. We need to our classrooms to be a safe haven for all. We need interventions and supports to provide an ounce of prevention. It’s muddy and messy and often a gray area.
We are a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). We are in the process of going deeper in our understanding of the Tier One supports.
We need to better understand how important tackling issues with the support of the family system. It’s one of the reasons I am so glad that our district is working to change the environment of schools by staffing a Family Resource person in our building. A person who’s a social worker and is able to work with families.
We need to have hope. Hope that families will change or at least attempt change. In my heart of hearts, I find it hard to believe that parents want to be bad parents. For the most part they love their kids and sometimes breaking the generational cycle is challenging.
So while I didn’t respond to the person’s comment, I have been thinking about how for the coming weeks, I will focus (my OLW) on kindness and hope with staff and students.