What is Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)?
PBIS is an approach to increase positive behaviors that impact student success and achievement. It involves identifying behavior expectations and encouraging students to follow those expectations by setting up systems of rewards that can be earned. This is intended to build positive habits, behaviors, and relationships. PBIS also involves putting steps in place for students who need additional supports while creating many opportunities to succeed and thrive. At Lindbergh we often refer to PBIS as PAWS.
"If a child does not know how to read, we teach.
If a child does not know how to swim, we teach.
If a child does not know how to multiply, we teach.
If a child does not know how to drive, we teach.
If a child does not know how to behave, we.... teach? ....punish?
Why can't we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?" (Herner, 1998)
Behavior is learned, so we teach what it SHOULD look like, and what it SHOULD NOT look like. Then we practice, reinforce, and provide interventions. We can improve behavior by 80% just by pointing out what one person is doing correctly!