Rewards, not reactions
Frequently, the question is asked, “Why should we have to teach students to follow school expectations? They already know what they are supposed to do. Why can we not just expect good behavior?”
In the past, school discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, and suspensions. Research has shown that the use of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently is ineffective.
A school environment where students thrive
Defining, teaching, and reinforcing the behavior we want to see is a more effective way to ensure that all students understand our behavior expectations, and will help our whole district function smoothly. Our goal is to create a positive, structured and predictable environment within which all our students can thrive.
Keep in mind that PBIS is not a treatment or therapy. It’s a framework for teachers, administrators and parents to follow. It’s also important to know that when a school uses PBIS, it uses it for all students. That includes kids with IEPs and 504 plans.