PBIS works, but SWPBIS works better.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a researched and proven way to systemically and proactively improve your school climate. By using your students’ natural proclivity for recognition, PBIS acknowledges and catalyzes positive behavior, leading to decreased negative incidents and more motivation and productivity in the classroom.
Focusing on the good essentially helps eliminate the bad, and there is plenty of data to back this up:
Many teachers use positive behavior recognition in their individual classrooms, but when the rewards and methods of tracking differ from class-to-class, the outcome is inconsistent. Students learn—quickly—which teachers are offering incentives and which ones aren’t, and they act accordingly.
* Tip for our Elementary School Friends: Implementing a school-wide PBIS plan will help with your students’ overall development. If you are using your own method now, behaviors may be under control in your classroom. But what happens next year? The students will have to learn and adapt to a new set of rules and incentives. With a SWPBIS plan, kids are held to the same standards the entire time they are in school, helping to set them up for success. And, with a SWPBIS plan (vs. an individual classroom plan) the hard work of figuring out behaviors and incentives is already done for you by Administration.
When you scale your program across an entire school or district, you scale its effectiveness, too. School-wide Positive Behavioral Support (SWPBIS) ensures all your classrooms are working towards the same, big-picture behavior goals. All students can receive recognition for good behavior—in every classroom and anywhere on campus. This helps the climate change extend beyond the classroom and ripple across your entire campus, making your “school with PBIS” a “PBIS school.”
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