• Matthew R. Stover

5 PBIS Strategies To Use In Or Out Of The Classroom


Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) have been getting great results over the past 20 years because it provides a structured approach to behavior that values the worth of every young person. Benefits include decreased classroom disruptions and discipline referrals, better academic performance, and improved school climate.


If you're still lost on what kind of PBIS strategies to implement or need some new ideas, here are five of our favorites.


  1. Teach classroom and schoolwide routines. It's not enough to go over the rules and expectations. We encourage you to create formalized instruction around classroom and schoolwide procedures.

  2. Commit to active teaching. In other words, avoid teaching from your desk. Great educators are actively pacing and scanning their classrooms. They're also constantly engaging their students.

  3. Offer specific and effective praise. Being authentic in how you praise a student makes them feel valued and wanted, which leads to better learning outcomes.

  4. Take breaks. Whether it's a short pause in class or a schoolwide dance, breaks help us reset our minds and replenish our attention. Short physical activity breaks in the classroom have been shown in recent research to enhance students' behavior and help them stay on task.

  5. Call home with positive contact. A teacher who appreciates a student's behavior demonstrates that they value the student and their family. This approach strengthens the interactions between the teacher, students, and families as well as the behavior.

  6. **Extra** Check In/Check Out. This Tier 2 intervention is perfect for students who demonstrate behavior issues across multiple environments. It works well because it creates accountability and responsibility on behalf of the student.


Building PBIS strategies at your school or in your classroom can have a significant positive impact on your students' learning outcomes. What are some other PBIS strategies you've executed at your school? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.


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