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Believe, Learn, Achieve, Succeed Together, through quality processes and continuous progress.

What is Positive Behavioral Support (PBS)?

Positive Behavior Support gives people a new way to think about behavior. It is based on an understanding of why problem behavior occurs. This approach can be applied on a school-wide basis as well as in a classroom or with an individual student. PBS uses evidence on which to base decisions that address behavior in school. It strives to create a positive school culture, decrease problem behavior, increase academic performance and safety.

Our Burrowing Owl's STAR Expectations

Safety First
Take Responsibility
Active Learning
Respect Others

What does PBS look like at Tanglewood?

Part of PBS is setting clear behavioral expectations that help to create an environment for learning and growth of each child academically and socially. Here at Tanglewood, we are focusing on forming future leaders in our students. These leadership skills are tied directly to the 7 habits of happy kids. It helps our students take ownership of their behaviors and choices. In addition, our students take pride in being selected as the leader bi- week in their classroom. This means that they have gone above and beyond to demonstrate our character word of the month.

What does it mean to be a leader?

Habit 1 — “Be Proactive You're in Charge”

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 — “Begin With the End in Mind Have a Plan”

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3 — “Put First Things First Work First, Then Play”

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4 — “Think Win-Win Everyone Can Win”

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.

Habit 5 — “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Listen Before You” Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6 — “Synergize Together Is Better”

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7 — “Sharpen the Saw Balance Feels Best”

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

The Leader in Me

TWES staff are reading the book The Leader in Me by Stephen R. Covey. Each month the staff meets to discuss how the schools documented in the book have integrated the 7 Habits and other leadership development into daily curriculum, activities, and culture. Their students learn how to set and achieve meaningful goals, take responsibility for their learning, work well with others, and use their individual talents to better the school community.