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Let's plant the seeds of great behavior through PBS!
Transcript of Let's plant the seeds of great behavior through PBS!
Cohn, A. (2001): Positive behavioral supports:
Information for educators. Retrieved
Author's personal experiences at her school district. :)
Let's plant the seeds of great behavior through Positive Behavior Support!
How to implement PBS in the district?
Be Respectful Be Safe Be Responsible
1. Students will be
taught how to be respectful in all settings.
2. Students will be
taught how to be safe in all settings.
3. Students will be
taught how to be responsible in all settings.
Positive behaviors will be
To prevent bullying at our school....
To promote a nurturing learning environment for all students, especially for our students with special needs who are oftentimes vulnerable to bullying ....
Why don't we model and teach respectful, safe, and responsible behaviors instead of just assuming our students already know how to behave positively?
What is PBS?
"Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is an empirically validated, function-based approach to eliminate challenging behaviors and replace them with prosocial skills. Use of PBS decreases the need for more intrusive or aversive interventions (i.e., punishment or suspension) and can lead to both systemic as well as individualized change" (Cohn, 2001).
can target an individual student or an entire school.
includes changing environmental variables (physical setting, task demands, curriculum, instructional pace, individualized reinforcement)
it is successful with a wide range of students, in a wide range of contexts, with a wide range of behaviors.
Tired of dealing with student misbehavior?
Is punishment the ultimate answer?
Why not treat the disease instead of focusing on the symptoms?
According to IDEA '97,
is the recommended form of intervention for dealing with challenging behavior in children with disabilities (Cohn, 2001).
What is the most effective way to stop bulllying in the district?
How can we nurture a positive learning environment for
"Harsh punishment and zero tolerance policies have not been effective at either improving behavioral climate in schools, or preventing students with problem behaviors from entering the juvenile justice system" (Cohn, 2011).
Image from: http://athensdrivehs.wcpss.net/pbs.html
Establish a collaborative (PBS) team of teachers who will gather and evaluate information and ensure that parents and other staff view the proposed plan desirable and feasible.
school-wide behavioral goals. Students are taught and expected to ...
in all settings.
1. Students will be
taught appropriate behavior in all settings.
2. Students who are "caught" doing good will be given a Bobcat "paw-sitive" ticket. These tickets will be collected for a weekly drawing. The more students earn tickets, the more they get a chance to win prizes.
3. Classes will earn rewards as they earn tickets in increments of 50. (Rewards can be extra recess, electronic party, teacher-carwash [students throw wet sponges at teachers], etc.
PBS team will be responsible for....
1. Initiating fund-raising campaigns for PBS-sponsored activities
2. Initiating PBS school-wide teaching of rules and expectations
3. Attending professional development and training other staff how to model positive behavior to students and implement the PBS program
4. Ensuring that a school-wide behavioral plan is consistently implemented throughout the school.
Dealing with misbehavior...
PBS in Action
1. Students will be consistently reminded of appropriate behavior.
2. Teachers will use pre-corrections and re-direction strategies.
2. PBS posters and slogans will be available throughout the school.
3. Weekly PBS lessons will be conducted in the classroom. Such PBS lessons will deal with appropriate behavior in specific settings.
Image from: http://wordpress.oet.udel.edu/pbs/
Establish a prevention support system
Students who exhibit minor misbehavior will be given a "minor event form" along with a "stop and think sheet" wherein they will write a reflection about their actions. Both forms will be sent home to notify parents.
Escalating minor misbehavior and major misbehavior will be dealt with directly by the administrators.
Why don't we teach students how to be responsible, safe, and respectful at all times?
PBS team will be responsible for...
5. Creating a matrix of rules and expectations in all settings.
6. Facilitating schoolwide PBS motivational activities, such as the video below:
By Aibeen Holland