The fallout from negative classroom behaviors can be far reaching, from reduced student engagement and learning to overall school climate — and it doesn’t stop there. 40-50% of teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years, with more than half of them citing classroom behavior as the reason. As most teaching degree programs leave it up to the individual educator to “find what works best”, 85% of teachers have little to no behavior management training when they step into the classroom on day 1. Unfortunately, these subjective methods are ineffective at best, with research clearly identifying consistent expectations, interventions, and consequences as the keys to improved behavior, and ultimately, academic success. How, then, can teachers get the support they need to improve classroom behavior and foster success?
Several months ago I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Kristine Eaton, former wellness specialist for Indianapolis Public Schools. I set up the call in order to gain a better understanding of her experience with Review360, a web-based behavior improvement system that delivers targeted interventions, strategies, and progress monitoring methodologies to support teachers and students. She talked about one specific school, Arlington Woods Elementary, and how much this system improved their school climate. Arlington Woods struggled with behavior problems, but with Review360, teachers were able to get professional development and the support they needed to best help their students.
It was enlightening listening to the success stories Dr. Eaton had because Review360 not only helped students and teachers, but also administrators and parents. With Review360, a student’s entire support system is able to gain insight into how a student is behaving. One particular teacher at Arlington Woods was close to leaving the classroom because she felt like she was failing. After all, 85% of teachers are not trained on how to manage classroom behavior. However, when the teacher received professional development provided by Review360, she was able to address specific concerns and be the best teacher she could be.
As a former first grade teacher, I can relate to the stories shared by Dr. Eaton. Teaching is hard work and everyone wants what’s best for the student, but oftentimes there are a lot of obstacles. I wish my school would have had this system as I know it would have fostered teamwork and collaboration between students, parents, and teachers. I also believe it could have reduced suspensions and allowed more students the space to grow and learn.
Dr. Eaton said her hope was for every school to experience the effects of Review360. She was a part of the team that brought it to Arlington Woods in the 2017-2018 school year and now Review360 is in five more schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Eaton is proud of the role she played and knows the district is continuing to put students first so that they can thrive emotionally and academically. I can’t wait to follow along and learn even more about the way schools like Arlington Woods use Review360 to drive success.
You can read more about Review360 and Dr. Eaton’s experience here.