As you reach the midpoint of the school year, it’s likely that both you and your students are ready for a break. The weeks and days leading up to winter break carry an undercurrent of excitement, and it can be difficult to stay focused. Now is not the time to relax your standards in your PBIS initiative! Students thrive on structure, routine, and consistency in the classroom, and PBIS Rewards can help you maintain order as you approach winter break.
PBIS Best Practices Using PBIS Rewards
The closer you get to winter break, the harder it seems for your students to stay focused. You might be feeling a little more distracted, as well. It might feel like the break can’t get here soon enough, but you must stay the course just a little bit longer. PBIS Rewards can help you to use these critical PBIS best practices to keep a handle on your classroom.
In the rush of activity leading up to winter break, student behavior may backslide slightly. Reviewing behavior expectations can help students regain some of the progress they’ve lost. Modeling and practicing the positive behaviors you want to see may take a few minutes, but your students will benefit from the reminders. Use PBIS Rewards to recognize students for their positive behaviors as they occur.
Acknowledging positive behavior should be quick and easy. You want to stay focused on your lesson plans and not interrupt your classroom flow to recognize students. Use PBIS Rewards to quickly recognize individual students and/or groups as you move through classwork.
Even the most veteran teachers can struggle with classroom management at this point in the year. While you likely have some tried-and-true techniques to get your students back on track, your PBIS initiative can boost your efforts. You can connect with parents and guardians through the PBIS Rewards Family App if you have concerns or praise you wish to share.
While your school store captures your students’ interest year-round, it’s particularly popular at winter break. Retooling your store offerings to enable students to purchase small gifts for friends and family can be a powerful draw. PBIS Rewards can help you operate your school store in an efficient manner, with automatic tracking of points and purchases. Don’t forget that teachers can set up their own classroom stores within the system, too!
The S in PBIS stands for Supports, and some of your students may need a little extra help as winter break rolls around. Interventions appropriate for specific behavioral challenges, such as Check-In/Check-Out, allow students to build positive behaviors, even as winter break approaches.
Making the Most of PBIS Ahead of Winter Break
PBIS best practices can help you stay on track as you wrap up the first half of the school year. As tempting as it may be to relax PBIS implementation during this very busy time, staying on track will help you finish strong. Then, when you return from winter break, you’ll be able to renew your commitment to your initiative.
As a digital token economy, PBIS Rewards makes it easy to acknowledge positive student behavior anywhere, anytime. There’s no need to manually track points – the software keeps an accurate record of student balances throughout the school. As students use points for incentives, the software records purchases and updates point totals automatically. Teachers and admin can review a wide variety of reports to assess the effectiveness of their initiative. Plus, the additional features available in PBIS Rewards can help you to develop a robust initiative that can profoundly change culture and climate.