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Official B.I.S.T website

BIST Website

You may visit this site to see where the program originated and to find some helpful tips to use at home.

What is B.I.S.T

This letter explains the behavior procedures at Franklin Middle School.

At Franklin Middle School

What is B.I.S.T.?
B.I.S.T. is a school-wide behavior management plan that increases student learning time, stops disruptive/hurtful behavior, and teaches skills that will lead to life success.

B.I.S.T. helps students work on these life goals:

1. I can take good care of myself, even if I am mad
2. I can be okay when others are not okay
3. I can be productive and follow directions even if I don’t want to

Franklin staff will partner with your child to develop skills to reach these goals:

1. It is never okay to be disruptive
2. It is never okay to be hurtful

B.I.S.T. Sounds
When you visit Franklin, you might hear adults say to students:

Can you stop talking even though you don’t want to?
Can you be okay even though others aren’t okay?
Can you do your work even though you are mad?
How can you be mad and not get in trouble?
I don’t want you to be in trouble. I just want to help you look at yourself so you can change.
It’s okay to have a problem, but it’s not okay to be stuck in the problem.

What does the vocabulary mean?


B.I.S.T. Vocabulary
Early Intervention is when an adult provides one redirection for disruptive behavior

Caring Confrontation is how an adult provides the one redirection with consistent language as well as non-punitive actions and intent.

Safe Seat is a designated seat in the student’s regular classroom intended to provide a safe place where the disruptive behavior can stop. The student is not in trouble. The safe seat provides a place to keep the student out of trouble. A student can place him/herself in the safe seat as well as being assigned by an adult.

Think Sheet is a form to help students reflect on how to change their disruptive or hurtful behavior.

Processing is the discussion between the adult and the student to develop a plan to be accountable for and change disruptive/hurtful behavior.

Buddy Room is a safe seat in another classroom when a student needs an alternative safe seat for a variety of reasons

Recovery is the assignment to a safe seat or buddy room for an extended period of time for students who are having difficulty changing their disruptive or hurtful behavior.

Protective Plan is what the schools develop together to provide the structure and support to stop the student’s disruptive behavior and to teach the student needed missing skills.

5 Steps of Accountability

How do we know where students are in the steps?

I did it.
I’m sorry
It’s a problem in my life
I accept the consequences
I accept help