Clear Expectations that are Taught and Reinforced


    Teaching Clear Expectations:

    The expectations created at each campus are unique to each campus.  In many cases, expectations are put into acronyms to help students learn and remember them.  Learn more about each school's PBIS expectations here.

    Each campus creates an "expectations matrix" that lists the skills that students demonstrate to show expectations in each area of the school.  These are created by asking "What does Respect look like and sound like in the Cafeteria?"  Each skill must be positively stated, short, and teachable.  This matrix becomes the curriculum for teaching expected behavior on campus.  To see your campus matrix, click here.

    As with any curriculum, the method of HOW to teach can be varied.  Some schools will offer round-robin instruction, where students are taken to each location on campus and have the opportunity to hear, repeat, see non-examples, and practice skills in that location.  Some schools will create fun, interactive videos.  Some will create songs that students can remember or produce music videos.

    Reinforcing Expectations:

    Positive reinforcement is the most effective way to change behavior.  Catching kids doing right and recognizing it specifically and immediately is a cornerstone of learning appropriate behavior.  Staff can use simple sentence frames that describe the behavior and link it to the expectation.  For example, "Thank you, Michael, for showing responsibility by having your materials out ready to learn."  Or, "I like the way you lined up quietly, Rosalie, it shows me that you are respectful."  Most campuses, along with the very important verbal reinforcement will randomly award PBIS tickets or currency that can be used in drawings or school stores for experiences and ietms that students enjoy.  To see what your campus is doing for reinforcement, click here.


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