13 Jan Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)… The Real Deal
PBIS. This is one major buzz-word. The mother of all buzz-words in behavior intervention. The shining light. The solution to all of our ails. There is no sarcasm to any of those statements. This stuff works. Funny thing the people that do it so well were doing this before it became a buzz-word. Let’s start with what is PBIS. Quite simply, it’s a method of addressing unfavorable behaviors in a way that is unconventional. Instead of approaching unfavorable behaviors with consequences, let us praise and reward the favorable behaviors that occur around it, thus isolating the behavior and diminishing the attention it receives. Attention is one of the four major functions of behavior. if the attention that I want does not manifest from this behavior, then why would I continue to behave in that way? To further break it down, if the woman that I am pursuing does not like red roses, why would I buy them? The principle behind PBIS is research based and has been a national craze for nearly a decade (I remember studying this pretty heavy in 2011-ish when it was still in infant stages of discovery). Here is my qualm… Why do schools that struggle with suspension rates and unfavorable behavior concerns reject such a concept? The way I see it, if my wife could convince me to wash dishes by offering my favorite bowl of ice cream for washing the dishes unprompted (I really hate washing dishes), then how hard could it be to be positive in my approach to behaviors in my classroom. Yes, it is a rather awkward transition. Yes, the students will resist at first. However, if this could turn everything around for in your school or classroom, isn’t it worth the risk? Short answer: yes.
I wrote this passage in 2015 and never posted it. It reads even truer today than it did then, we must do something to change the course. A wise man said this yesterday, saying the children are our future is a cop-out. That’s putting the responsibility on them to fix our world. What we should say is our children are our legacy and it is up to us to SACRIFICE for them. Thanks Judge Leroy Burke, you inspired me.