Stop, Walk and Talk
Each class in the grades 2-6 were taught Social Responsibility Skills in regards to problem behaviors as part of our PBIS and Bully Prevention curriculum. Within this lesson, students came up with examples of what school-wide rules look like (e.g., saying nice things, walking in hallways, etc.) and examples of not following those school-wide rules (e.g., running in the hallway, talking behind someone’s back, etc.). After discussing why kids exhibit problem behaviors, students were introduced to the “Stop, Walk and Talk” method of responding to problem behaviors. It is important for students to attempt to problem solve on their own in a respectful and calm way, and this method is one way of doing so. The three steps to using the method are as followed:
  1. Use the “stop signal” when problem behaviors occur (i.e., ask the peer exhibiting the problem behavior to ‘stop’).
  2. Walk away from the problem behavior if it continues even after asking the student to stop.
  3. Talk or report the problem to an adult if the problem continues OR immediately if there is danger

The intent of this method is to empower students to attempt to solve the problem by themselves first before immediately seeking out an adult to solve it for them. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to skip the “Stop” and “Walk” steps and “Talk” to an adult right away. Talk with your child about how and when to use “Stop, Walk and Talk” and remind them what to do if some one asks them to stop. This can be a useful method at school and at home!