Why should I do PBIS in my classroom?

Throughout time, effective teachers have always used PBIS it has just gone by the name that was in use at the time.  Here is what is involved in a PBIS classroom: 

  1.  3-5 behavior expectations
  2. Direct, explicit teaching of behavior expectations
  3. Positive behavior is acknowledged
  4. Behavior is monitored and corrected
  5. Data is used to inform decisions

I don’t believe in giving kids things for doing what they should be doing anyway.

Humans learn by receiving direct feedback.  If a person does not know that they way they executed a task is right, they will not repeat that behavior because they don’t know that it was the right thing to do.  

With the pacing guide and all of my content, I don’t have time to do PBIS.

You don’t have time to not do PBIS.   At the beginning of the school year, before and after breaks quickly re-teach the expectations for your classroom.  This will save you time in the long run because students will know your expectations and classroom routines.

I need help with a specific student and their individual behavior(s).

Start with implementing your Tier 1 (universal) with fidelity.  Do all students have access to your good teaching, classroom management, content and acknowledgements?  Have you used specific positive praise and planned ignoring with this student?  Then look at your data, both academic and behavioral.  Are there any trends that we could plan an intervention around?  Is the student acting out at the same time every day?  If so why or what could we do differently?  Connect with your PBIS or RtI team in your building for another set of eyes.


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