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What is the Expectations Project?

The Expectations Project is a way for teachers, administrators, and parents to see the Expectations Behavior Management System in action and in real-time. This project contains a mixture of videos, blogs, and interviews with school staff implementing the system with students.

The ultimate goal is for people to see how the Expectation Behavior Management System impacts students in a positive way that allows them to become the best version of themselves. So come and join us on this journey we hope that through this project we are able to show that students who struggle with behaviors can overcome their obstacles and feel supported by their school family, and become a positive force within their home, school, and community!

Day 1

Day 1 of Staff Development is completed! These Awesome Educators were able to be open to trying something new. Throwing away the status quo and creating a behavior system that allows students to become the best version of themselves.

Today we focused on the three pillars of the EXPECTATIONS Behavior Management System:
1. Prevention
2. Using Best Practice Strategies with Students
3. Creating an Effective Communication System

Staff was given access to all Preventative Assessments which included an Assessment of Student Needs so that Staff can understand what each student’s needs are coming into the school day. They are also given access to a Reinforcement Survey so that staff can know what types of things will motivate a student.

The next preventative piece of the Expectations Behavior Management System is actually going to be taught to staff tomorrow during our Intervention Tool Box training. This training will provide staff with verbal strategies to help a student in the moment who is struggling with behaviors.

Using Best Practice Strategies:
Once the Preventative piece was completed, teachers were able to go through, in detail, the 8 lesson plans provided in the Expectations Manual to help implement the system in their school. The Expectations Behavior Management System uses best practice strategies throughout all 8 lessons to provide teachers an easy to follow road map to get students interested in participating in the system.

The pictures below show staff playing games and completing the art projects that their students will be doing once they start the program. The staff loved the interactive hands-on activities that are meant to engage students in the lesson.

Creating an Effective Communication System
Finally we can’t have a great behavior program without all the adults who engage with students to be connected and communicating with one another. The staff was able to see how and experience the techniques that are meant to enhance communication between; Parents and Case Managers, Education Assistants/Paraprofessionals and Case Managers, and Regular Education Teachers with Case Managers. Each of these three lines of communication use a different strategy to ensure that everyone who needs to know what is going on with student has access to information and communication between one another.

Day 2

Day 2 of Professional Development is completed!

Today, staff were given the opportunity to participate in a professional development session solely focused on Behavior Management. We reviewed how a student’s brain works. The importance of knowing the functions of the brain and how a student’s behavior can change depending upon if they are in the Cortex, limbic System, or the Brain Stem.

The rest of the morning focused on helping students understand that they can meet their needs in appropriate ways. So many students just react to the situation before them with the skills they currently have. Depending upon their environment and what they are exposed to every day they can exhibit behaviors in dramatic ways. The first skill we teach staff is to first determine what need the student is trying to reach. Then we focus on helping them meet that need in an appropriate way.

The next skill we use with students is teaching them to use a T-Chart and a Y-Chart.  The T-chart helps us focus on the roles and responsibilities that teachers and students have, and the Y-chart can be used as a visual for expected behaviors that we would like them to exhibit.

Creating Spaces for Students to learn about Expectations

The trees you see below will be a visual reminder for all our students this year about the Expectations they have for themselves. We call this the Expectations Tree. I am so proud of the teachers who took the time to paint these beautiful trees in their classrooms. The painting of these trees is a key component to the Expectations Behavior Management System. What do you do to help your students raise the bar for themselves?

Working on Goals

The Expectations Behavior Management System is so easy to implement with students. All Staff needs to do is take them through 8 engaging easy to follow lesson plans. Each Lesson plan is designed to help each student understand their IEP goals and how to reach them! The first lesson helps students to understand what a Goal is and why it is important to have them. The first activity students are challenged with is to stick one end of a tongue depressor in their mouth and then try to balance as many dice at the other end. Before the challenge starts the students are told that their goal is to stack 5 dice and hold it fo 5 seconds.  The teachers then continue on with the guided lesson plan that helps students to put their IEP goals into their own words.