November 6, 2015

It takes time to bring about change in any environment, and the same is true for the classroom. If you’re preparing to implement a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) system in your classroom, there are some shortcuts you can take to create a positive behavior environment relatively quickly.

Make PBIS Tangible for the Students

Create a code of conduct for your classroom — preferably in the form of a poster or bulletin board — and post it in an obvious location that’s easy to see. Introduce the concept to students by going through each item listed and providing examples of how students would act appropriately in certain situations. Refer to the code of conduct whenever possible during the course of each school day to reinforce the concepts that make a positive behavior environment.

Reinforce the Code of Conduct With Role Playing

Providing examples is helpful, but allowing students to actively participate in a role-playing exercise can be an effective way to teach positive behaviors, as well as being fun for the class. Create a variety of situations, identify which behavior from the code of conduct is called for, then ask a child to display that behavior. If the students are older, present a situation then ask them to select the appropriate behavior and act it out for the class.

To successfully create a positive behavior environment teachers should fold the classroom code of conduct into other lessons.

Fold Your Code of Conduct Into Other Lessons

Keep the code in mind as you teach other subjects, particularly history or reading assignments. Ask your class what parts of the code were followed by certain historical figures or characters in different situations. This will help the students understand how behaviors affect people in day-to-day life.

Be Positive Yourself – All the Time

It doesn’t take long in the teaching profession to realize how much you can influence the mood of a classroom. Being a role model for your students is an excellent way to create a positive behavior environment. It may not always be easy, but focus your effort each and every day on having a positive attitude and reacting to situations in precisely the same manner that you expect from your students, and that is set forth by the code of conduct.

Use Extrinsic Rewards to Recognize Desirable Behavior

Ultimately, instilling intrinsic motivation in your students is a great goal, but in the near term, extrinsic rewards help children see immediate positive results for displaying appropriate behavior. The rewards you use could be anything from stickers to certificates. You don’t need a complex token system in order to effectively use rewards – although you may want to establish a token system at some point in the future. Instead, the rewards you provide early on in implementing PBIS can be simple and spontaneously awarded. Just be careful to be fair and consistent when choosing which students receive rewards and that the reward is well deserved.

Teachers can offer extrinsic rewards to recognize desirable behaviors demonstrated by students in the classroom and promote positive behavior.

Take the Time to Monitor and Evaluate Your Progress

You’ll be monitoring the program through the course of every school day by analyzing the data you’ve collected, but remember to honestly evaluate whether your PBIS system is really working. If the results are less than what you would like, make adjustments accordingly. If stickers and certificates don’t seem to be effective rewards, for example, try using special privileges as rewards instead. The PBIS approach is just that – an approach. The way in which you implement it most effectively in your own classroom will depend on your own teaching style.

Create a Positive Behavior Environment With TeamYou Today

It doesn’t have to take a long period of time to create a positive behavior environment for your students. For more ideas about how to effectively implement a PBIS approach in your classroom, contact us at TeamYou today. We can provide professional development advice, as well as training and coaching to help you integrate the PBIS approach into your teaching method.

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