May 30, 2015
PBIS is much more than a rewards program. It is true that it aims to reduce disciplinary actions and punishments in favor of more positive interventions and positive reinforcement, but that does not mean that it is only about rewarding students, or that it fails to address disruptive behavior. PBIS incentive rewards work by gently motivating students to take responsibility for their own behavior and to work to improve throughout the school year. By introducing them effectively, PBIS incentives reduce problematic behavior (since they don’t reward problematic behavior), reduce disciplinary issues, and reduce academic failure.
Intrinsic motivation is able to grow with incentive systems, but care must be taken to not make rewards too easy or expected. In many classrooms, PBIS incentive rewards are earned only by students who work to go above and beyond the basic expectations of good behavior, participation, and learning. Students naturally crave praise and accomplishment and will reach for excellence when they aren’t given gold stars for average acheivements. PBIS incentive rewards work in tandem with behavioral interventions to prevent undesired behaviors (by steering students gently in another direction), and fuel students’ internal sense of worth and potential. PBIS incentive rewards are used not to manipulate students, but to empower them to take ownership of their own behavior.
PBIS Incentive Rewards Target Attention-Worthy Behaviors
The PBIS philosophy is partly based on the fact that certain students will sometimes repeat behaviors that attract attention from the people around them, whether family, educators, or peers. Consequently, punishment can actually motivate a child to repeat the disruptive behavior, especially if it also elicits reaction from peers.
By giving attention to positive behavior and academic achievements, you encourage the student to repeat the behavior that has brought him or her praise, positive attention, and yes, rewards.
PBIS is therefore much more than a rewards program or a punishment alternative. It is an entire system that, when implemented the right way school-wide and supported by all staff and families, can deliver positive results and also creates a more positive school environment with significantly improved social behavior.
Why Should I Use PBIS Incentive Rewards?
- Students are gently motivated by positive rewards, especially when they have had a hand in selecting and defining the rewards themselves.
- Students remain engaged when they experience positive feedback, and become more self-motivated.
- PBIS incentive rewards offer tangible signs of progress and success.
- PBIS incentive rewards teach students to root for themselves, and for one another.
PBIS For Prevention of Problem Behaviors
The success of PBIS does not lie only in encouraging and rewarding desired behavior, but also in identifying and intervening in cases of students who are at increased risk of problematic behavior.
to prevent any escalation or future issues, whether disciplinary or academic.
To reduce escalations, academic issue, and behavior issue, The PBIS system employs a three-tier intervention system, according to each student’s level of risk. Most students will be at no heightened risk and for them the primary prevention activities are all that are needed — like teaching and explaining appropriate behavior within the school setting, and using PBIS incentive rewards.
A much smaller percentage of students (in most situations) will fall under the other two categories of increased risk (Tier 2 and Tier 3), where secondary and tertiary levels of intervention are often used and recommended. Tier 2 methods are typically applied in small groups, for a better and more efficient use of time and resources.
For the students in Tier 3, individual attention is usually required, in addition to the programs featured in primary and secondary intervention levels. These kids are at higher risk of behavioral, disciplinary, social and academic problems than the rest of their peers, which is why their family and friends are also involved as “natural support.”
When Should I Use PBIS Incentive Rewards?
- When students show little self-motivation or interest.
- When you want to increase positive behaviors and improve student outcomes.
- When a student exhibits low self-esteem.
- When an assignment is especially difficult, intensive, or “boring.”
How should PBIS Incentives be Used?
Here are a couple of key points:
- Establish a PBIS incentive rewards system early.
- PBIS incentive rewards should be used regularly and consistently.
PBIS Incentive Rewards Must Be Used Consistently
PBIS is an effective system that steps away from problematic older models of discipline that relies on negative reinforcement. PBIS incentive rewards allow each student to earn his/her own positive feedback. When students have ownership of their own reward system, it increases their intrinsic motivation to work toward behavioral and academic goals.
The usually heroic efforts that teachers, administrators, and the rest of school staff make school-wide shouldn’t be ignored to focus on PBIS incentive rewards. An effective positive encouragement system is used consistently, by many adults in a student’s network. It is based on data, and is efficient, making use of psychological research and practice in the fields of education, natural child development, and positive reinforcement, to ensure a safe and positive school environment.
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