PBIS is an abbreviation for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. A school-wide PBIS establishes a social culture and the behavior supports to improve social, emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes for all students. PBIS in the classroom looks a little different. Teachers work with students to teach appropriate behavior to all children. By intervening early when unwanted behavior initially present, teachers can de-escalate these behaviors before they become larger problems. Teachers use research-based, scientifically validated interventions to support improvement in student’s behavior. Last key to an effective PBIS is is monitoring student progress and collecting data to make decisions.

I liked listening to our speaker this week, Dawn Morales. One thing that stood out to me was this quote: “The same way, they (teachers) view academic weaknesses and that they’re needing the teaching component to close the gap to learning academically. The same goes with behavior we cannot automatically assume that students not only know how I want to say know how to behave but know when to do it, how to do it, where to do it and in every environment.” I think we as teachers often forget that not all of our students come from the same cultural viewpoints and home environments as our students, so they may have differing views of what is acceptable behavior in various environments and situations. We as teachers need to work on teaching our students appropriate school behavior to help them succeed in their educational career.

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