School-wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) at Riley
is an approach in behavior management on a school-wide, in a specific
setting such as the playground, halls, cafeteria, bathrooms, the
classroom, or with an individual student.
It is a system
to teach students what is expected of them, to acknowledge students
when expectations are met, and to have staff be consistent in
correcting and acknowledging the expected student behaviors.
methods are research-based and have been proven to significantly
reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors. One of the keys is to
focus on prevention. It is based on the idea that when students are
taught clearly defined behavioral expectations and provided with
predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective,
80-85% of students will meet these expectations. The 15-20% of the
students not responding to universal interventions will receive
additional support through group and individual interventions.
key element is an analysis of discipline referral data. This
team-based approach to data analysis allow Riley’s PBS team to identify
problem areas, brainstorm interventions, acknowledge students
exhibiting positive behavior, and communicate findings to staff,
students and parents.
The key components of an effective school wide PBS system involve:
- Clearly defining and teaching a set of behavioral expectations
- Consistently acknowledging and rewarding appropriate behavior
- Constructively addressing problematic behavior
- Effectively using behavioral data to assess progress
this system we have developed our “blue tickets.” Students earn blue
tickets for exhibiting positive behavior. When the students earn these
blue tickets, this allows them a chance to enter a drawing to win
rewards. The rewards are something small and vary throughout the
year. Once again this is another way to reinforce positive behavior.
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