Further Reading: For This Month's Selection, We Review Three DVD/VHS Training Presentations for Systematic Supervision in School

By Luker, Tricia; Luker, Calvin | The Exceptional Parent, December 2007 | Go to article overview

Further Reading: For This Month's Selection, We Review Three DVD/VHS Training Presentations for Systematic Supervision in School


Luker, Tricia, Luker, Calvin, The Exceptional Parent


The presentations are:

Systematic Supervision: Creating a Safe and Positive Playground

Systematic Supervision: A Positive Way to Monitor Common Areas--Middle School

Systematic Supervision: A Positive Way to Monitor Common Areas--High School

These presentations, developed by Iris Media, Inc., are a must for any school library and should be accessible to parents and school personnel.

This systematic supervision is based on research that has identified what works well when supervising students in school common areas and playgrounds. The purpose behind systematic supervision is to decrease problem behavior, increase student cooperation, and make school settings less stressful and more fun. Systematic supervision accomplishes these objectives by training supervisors to monitor and interact effectively with students, respond appropriately to problem behaviors, and foster respect, responsibility, and safety at school.

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We know that parents who have kids with disabilities often worry about their own child's challenging behavior and the risk to their child of the challenging behaviors of other students in the school setting. We, like so many similarly situated parents, find it frustrating when school districts can allocate scarce school training dollars toward physical management or intervention programs rather than purchasing programs that foster positive student and staff behavior in school settings. We really like these presentations because they focus on how school personnel can help create and foster positive behavior support rather than operating a behavior system focused on reacting to negative behavior.

The Iris Media, Inc. presentation developers describe the expected outcome from following the systematic supervision programs. They proclaim: "We want you, as a parent, to know what we are doing at school. We hope this will help you understand what we do and why. We also hope it will encourage you to support our efforts at making our school a place where everyone is safe, respectful, and responsible."

Parents should be included in school efforts to create atmospheres that are safe, respectful, and responsible. The systematic supervision approach, according to the authors, "is based on research that shows that students respond well to being treated positively and respectfully. …

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