Classroom management is one of the most critical tasks teachers have to master. Alongside curriculum management, teachers must track student progress, present information to parents, create classroom expectations, and cooperate with a diverse body of school administrators. As an Administrator, are you confident that your teaching staff can successfully measure and manage student behavior while executing a myriad of tasks? Such deficiencies may critically impact your effectiveness in preventing and intervening potential security threats within your school district.
Most visible security measures, such as surveillance cameras, security personnel, and metal detectors, have no sizeable effects on academic performance, attendance, or postsecondary aspirations among U.S. middle and high school students, according to data stemming from studies conducted by the School Crime Supplement and the National Crime Victimization Survey. Consequently, it is important to leverage a solid student behavior management strategy that can provide insight to boost your school security plans and optimize daily efficiencies for your staff members.
The Importance of An Impactful Student Behavior Management Strategy
As situations occur, leading to poor classroom management, these weak points are observed by students, which can further increase poor behavior outcomes and potential security threats. These circumstances can lead to vulnerabilities within your school district concerning school security threats that stem from the lack of insight on how student behavior is indeed measured.
Fortunately, school administrators nationwide can possess the authority to streamline their school district’s security plan to include an optimized student behavior management strategy, which simultaneously:
- Enhances the fulfillment of staff responsibilities
- Measures student behavior
Superintendents gain an expanded control to implement a powerful classroom student behavior management plan, as opposed to merely increasing ineffective security equipment and personnel.
Measuring Student Behavior
Surveillance equipment and metal detectors are designed to provide a limited level of monitoring at access points on your premises but cannot measure finer details in your student’s behavior. School staff members must be able to monitor student behavior to detect and correct security threats quickly regarding at-risk students.
An all-in-one student behavior management solution includes powerful insight towards accurate and real-time attendance reporting, incident and behavior reporting to applicable staff members, and extended features to support decision-making in response to a student’s behavior.
Improves Attendance Reporting and Tracking
Accuracy and tracking is a vital goal in your school security plan. Inevitably, some Student Information Systems (SIS) can complicate the attendance process and provide imprecise results. With the automation of Smart ID cards, you can concurrently improve data integrity and reduce the amount of time it takes to collect attendance data.
The technology behind smart ID cards and readers provide a real-time, accurate attendance reports and can lessen the occurrence of truancy, in addition to the insight gained from accurate classroom attendance reporting from other attendance points. Chronic absenteeism can also be a sign where students might be at-risk for something down the line.
Staff Member Attendance and Efficiencies
Additionally, staff members experience the benefit of simplified time clock use and door access security to authorized spaces, which maximizes their work efficiencies and promotes a positive school climate. With the tap-in attendance feature that smart card readers offer, teachers, gain more instruction time, students gain added classroom time, and school administrators gain real-time data that can be shared with state or local authorities; promptly and with ease.
Knowing Where Students and Staff are Located
With the advantage of an automated, comprehensive system in place, you will have control in understanding your school district’s population and absences.
Automating Referrals | Following the Pattern of Troubled Students
Eliminating the method of paper documentation of bad behavior and referring incidences to the appropriate staff members is a major key objective in the success of your behavior management plans. He paid to have copies of them made, and I used to get boxes of referrals each year. Keeping all those records took up a lot of space, and when I needed information, I spent a lot of time searching for it,” Dr. George Ward, Assistant Superintendent of Laurens County School District 55 explains in a recent case study.
Automating your student behavior management system will give you insight by ensuring the behavior of troubled students is accurately documented and shared timely. After implementing a software-based student behavior management system, Dr. Ward testified, “When a student answers a question in a particular way, I’ll receive a flag. The flag might show an area of concern, and we can bring a counselor in for extra support.” As a reinforcement, students must visibly recognize that there is a powerful student behavior management system in place, of which they can receive both negative and positive consequences.
Decreasing Security Threats | Implementing a Plan that Can Be Seen and Experienced
Imagine having the ability to reinforce positive behavior while improving classroom social/emotional learning. While there are many different ways to monitor student behavior to prevent school threats, numerous benefits exist in the practice of monitoring student behavior electronically. The best, all-in-one solution includes ABE (Alternative Behavior Educator).
- Eliminates administrative tasks by automating referrals
- Teaches better behavior
- Monitors progress throughout a student’s career
- Provides teachers and counselors with powerful data-driven reports
- Flags at-risk students
- Supports the monitoring and chronicling of student progress
- Aids decision-making tasks.
According to research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the central goal in monitoring student behavior is to develop behavioral interventions, strategies, and programs that teach students how to replace inappropriate behavior with more acceptable alternatives that are best charged through comprehensive management systems.
Most notably, supportive data provided by ABE gives insight regarding attendance patterns and involves parents in the student management plan. ABE automatically alerts parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, special education staff, and nurses when specific students reach a particular threshold that has been set to a certain amount. Alerts issued through the ABE are especially advantageous in middle and high schools, where students attend diverse classes and rooms.
Added Benefits to Implementing ABE
The impact of a successful student management approach must not only be seen but felt; experienced by the student. Implementing reward systems for positive behavior increases accountability and a positive school climate within your district. Through the robust ABE reward system, teachers and staff can accurately measure achievements and implement positive reinforcements.
ScholarChip is an all-in-one platform solution to comprehensively help reduce school threats and address the important issues surrounding school safety. Data from students, faculty, and stakeholders are leveraged to manage school access, attendance, and behavior management through the platform tools to increase safety and campus climate for schools.
If you would like to reduce potential security threats and increase your student behavioral management outcomes, feel free to schedule a 1-on-1 walkthrough with one of our specialists today!