What is B.I.S.T.?
Rockville Elementary School has implemented a school-wide discipline plan called B.I.S.T (Behavior Intervention Support Team). This plan is being used successfully by many schools in our area.
The purpose of the B.I.S.T. strategy is to help bring about lasting changes in student’s attitudes towards themselves and others around them so that they can be productive students in the classroom, in control of their own behavior, and find acceptable solutions to their problems.
The staff at Rockville believes that we can help children accept responsibility for their behavior by making them aware of what THEY can change:
- Work habits
- Empathy for others
- Sense of responsibility
- Peer groups
- Desire to change
Our goal is that the B.I.S.T. plan will continue to keep Rockville a well-organized school where values, communication, and structure help promote a safe environment for all students.
What does B.I.S.T. look like?
The Rockville staff will provide safe classrooms, develop personal relationships with all students, and partner with parents in this important process. When a problem arises, the teacher will help the students identify the problem in a caring, kind, manner. A safe place in the classroom or in another location will be provided until the student is able to “own the problem,” and find an acceptable plan. The plan may include an apology, a contract for improvement, and “target behavior” chart (behaviors the student needs to work on) or a number of other creative solutions. We encourage parents to discuss the plan with their child and keep in touch with the teacher. Talk about how you feel the plan is working. This process opens up communication between teacher and student, teacher and parent, and parent and child. This partnership assists students in becoming responsible and successful problem solvers.
What does B.I.S.T. sound like?
When students are having a problem, they may hear some of the following questions and statements from their teacher:
- Are you okay?
- What is the problem? How do you feel about it?
- Was that a good choice?
- How can you take care of yourself and not be in trouble?
- I don’t want to punish you. I just want to help you look at yourself so you can change.
- It’s okay to have a problem, but it’s not okay to be stuck with it.
- How are you going to fix this problem?
- If you choose to let me help you, there is hope that WE can solve the problem.
- Can you do this even if you don’t want to?
- What can you do next time?
- Can you do it by yourself or do you need some help?
- Good thinking! Good plan!
All students will be treated with unconditionally warm regard. They will be held accountable for their decisions in a non-punitive manner. When a student has accepted responsibility for inappropriate decision, he or she will be able to say:
- I did it.
- I accept the consequences.
- I’m sorry.
- I accept that I need help.
- It’s a part of a problem in my life.
Parental Support of B.I.S.T….
When a teacher calls to discuss a student’s plan, it is simply to inform the parent. There will be no need to be angry with your child or to punish him or her. Simply encourage your child to be accountable and to follow the plan that he or she made to be more successful at school.
For more information:
Please contact your child’s teacher or