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PBIS Teaching Expectations

If there is one element of PBIS more important than all the rest, it is the teaching component. Students must know the 3-5 basic expectations if they are to be held accountable for meeting them.

To provide this learning, PBIS schools create lessons to teach expectations as concepts in the classroom and use examples to teach how they apply to the various sites within the building. The lessons are taught on location by classroom teachers in some schools, support staff in others and involve 1) describing the situation at this location (why people go there, desired behaviors, problems that occur), 2) modeling the expected behavior with positive and negative examples, and 3) having students practice the appropriate behaviors. It is important that both the concepts and the examples so that students can begin to generalize their knowledge of what appropriate behavior would be in situations that are not included in the instruction.

For example, at one middle school, students on the first day of school rotate through six teaching stations and get a passport stamped at each one. A full passport is a ticket for a treat at the end of the day. Some schools have station rotations over several days in the first weeks of school. Expectations and systems that can be taught in a large group can be addressed in an assembly. (Assembly behavior is one obvious example.)