The Green Mileage System
What is Green Mileage?
- YHIMS has a unique system named 'Green Mileage' for managing students classroom behavior. Since the implementation of this system, student behavior has improved considerably and an environment of personal accountability has been fostered at the school.
- Using this system students are awarded credits for good behavior and are penalized with demerits for bad behavior. Once an infraction is identified by a teacher the student is immediately presented with a demerit card which must be signed by both the teacher and student confirming the behavior. By having the students themselves sign their demerit/credit point cards, they take a greater responsibility for their actions and are further motivated to improve their future behavior.
- Students who have accumulated too many demerit points will lose eligibility for school parliament or other school positions. If additional demerit points are accrued more severe punishments such as detentions or in class suspensions can be carried out to further curb student behavior.
- There is a student court which judges and defends the students who have accumulated a certain number of bad behavior points of the Green Mileage System. Just like a real court, there are judges, prosecutor, and lawyers, who are all comprised of students, and the students decide the ruling themselves. Through this system, students learn how to take responsibility for their actions and how to think logically. Overall, this system furthers our students towards global leaders.
What behavior does the 'Green Mileage' system address?
- There are many behavior infractions common to most schools that this system addresses such as being tardy to class or violating dress code but the greatest success has been in reducing the instances of plagiarism at the school. Through strict enforcement of the 'Green Mileage' system instances of plagiarism have been greatly reduced and our entire staff is proud of how far we have progressed towards reaching our goal of completely eliminating plagiarism from our school.
- Just as the 'Green Mileage' system addresses and discourages negative behavior it also acknowledges and reinforces positive student behavior. Volunteer work completed at the school, positive behavior milestones and academic excellence are examples of actions that would receive good behavior credits at our school.
The future of the Green Mileage system
- The 'Green Mileage' system is by no means static and is constantly being updated and improved upon as new issues present themselves at the school.
- Recently the 'Green Mileage' system has been added to the YHIMS website so that all teachers can securely access and enter new information into the system.
Shared foreign and Korean teacher home room
How does this work?
- YHIMS has 5 different home rooms per grade containing between 30 and 33 students. With three full grades taught at YHIMS this brings the total to 15 at the school. Each of these has both a Korean teacher and foreign teacher assigned to be the home room teacher for the year. By having both a native English speaking teacher and native Korean speaking teacher all of the students needs can be addressed.
Home Room responsibilities
- The daily home room responsibilities are shared equally between both teachers. Such duties include morning announcements, attendance, home room snack, and student dismissal.
- Beyond these daily activities home room teachers are responsible for creating a safe and secure learning environment for their students. This is achieved through individual student counseling and various team building activities both inside and outside the classroom. Both teachers are responsible to conduct at least one counseling session with each student per year and often complete many more depending on the needs of each student. It may seem redundant to have both teachers counsel each student; however, experience has shown that many students show preference in confiding to either their native English speaking home room teacher or Korean home room teacher. The additional team building activities help to promote unity and positive social interaction between students within the same home room. Specially designated home room blocks are provided each week for home room activities, and students compete with each other within their home rooms through these home room activities during various school wide competitions.