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Three Keys to Positive Behavior Supports
It is possible to manage student behavior and increase motivation so that the time and energy of teachers (and building staff!) can be directed towards focusing on instruction and student success. Here are three key best practices for positive behavior supports (PBIS) to remember:
- Proactive -- prioritize the focus on preventing problems, rather than constantly reacting to them.
- Positive approach -- purposefully build meaningful and collaborative relationships with students and provide them with specific and positive feedback to enhance motivication and improve academic performance.
- Explicit Instruction -- directly teach behavior expectations in all school environments and groupings at the beginning of the school year, review expectations as necessary, and use the occasions of misbehavior to teach replacement behaviors.
What We Know About Managing Student Behavior
- Most behavior is learned--our behavior is influenced by the events and conditions we experience.
- All behavior that occurs repeatedly serves a function! Common functions include: attention-seeking, power/control seeking, boredom, feelings of inadequacy, task avoidance, or to obtain something.
- Behavior that is repeated is motivated. If there is no motivation for the student, there is typically no repeat in the behavior.
- Changing behavior requires focusing on what prompts the behavior, what encourages or sustains the behavior, and what might discourage the behavior in the future.
(Note: these resources are not mine, but that of my district's professional development dept.)
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