PBIS is based on a POSITIVE Behavioral system!
When students have trouble with reading, we teach. When students don't know their multiplication tables, we teach. When students struggle with expected behaviors, PBIS gives us the tools to teach.
As a district we want our students to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe! PBIS is a great way to teach our students how to portray an overall positive well being.
Traditional approaches to behavior often respond with punishment or consequences, under the presumption that children should already know how to behave in a positive manner. Using PBIS students are able to earn rewards based on their positive behavior and actions. Students are more likely to practice correct behaviors if they receive frequent and specific positive feedback. Verbal praise is fine, but without a system in place many of us forget to specifically acknowledge positive behaviors.
The reward system is different from classroom to classroom. Each teacher chooses several rewards children can earn with their Wildcat tickets. The rewards do not need to be large, fancy, or expensive, but visible recognition can often supplement positive praise very effectively. The goal of each teacher and staff member is to use verbal acknowledgement and encouragement consistently four times more often than correction or reprimand.