What is PBIS?
School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support provides a model for a school-wide approach for implementing a system of discipline based in proactive teaching and prevention. Students learn appropriate behavior in the same way they learn to read – through instruction, practice, feedback and encouragement.
The 200 Club serves as our method of reinforcement for our PBIS motto of Living Safely, Owning Responsibility, and Giving Respect. The club assists in the establishment of a more positive social climate in a school and helps enhance rule-following behavior for all students. Teacher participation and support of the club encourages positive student-teacher interactions as well as establishes and reinforces consistent school-wide expectations, with the ultimate goal being to develop a positive, supportive, and cooperative school culture as well as decrease the number of office discipline referrals and time spent on discipline.
Why use PBIS?
School-wide discipline has often focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important aspect of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.