Improving Bus Behaviors
Fox C6 School District

In this unit, students will begin the process by answering questions such as, “Why don’t you respect your driver?” and “What are some ways you make it harder for the driver to work?” They will then survey the student body and collect data to find out what type of behaviors are actually happening on the buses. After data collection, the students discuss plans to improve those behaviors. In our middle school buildings, our Character Council students are the facilitators of this lesson (as well as all other Character Education lessons).

Students will understand the level of disruption they may be causing on the bus ride to and from school.
Students will be able to apply what they have learned to improving the character on the bus ride to and from school.
Day 1: Handout #1- Group Worksheets (one per group of students)
Handout #2-Bus survey “What is Happening on Your School Bus?” (one per student)
Day 2: one plastic egg and spoon per class
Day 1: Bus Behavior-Divide your class into five groups. Each group should get one page of the group worksheets. To the whole group, ask the numbered questions on the lesson plan. Allow the groups time to answer the lettered questions on their own. Discuss each group’s answers. Give every student a copy of the “What’s Happening on Your Bus” survey to be completed and turned in for data collection.

Day 2: I’ll Bet You Can’t Divide your class into two lines facing each other. Choose one student as your “driver.” They are to walk down the middle of both rows of classmates while the classmates distract them enough to drop their egg off their spoon. Discuss the importance of the student’s responsibilities while on the bus, relay the data from the previous lesson’s survey, decide on the most prevalent topics needing improvement, and brainstorm solutions to those problems.
Upon completion of the Bus Behavior unit, student discipline incidences will have been reduced. Bus driver reports will show student levels of respectful behaviors to have risen, and surveyed behaviors will have been reduced in number.