One of the most important aspects of implementing SWPBIS is the explicit teaching of expected behavior. Schools that are successful in reducing challenging behavior invest time early and often during the school year teaching the behavior expectations of the school.
Before the teaching is done the SWPBIS team develops a Behavior Matrix that identifies what the behavior expectations actually look like in the various settings in the school building. Once the Behavior Matrix is created the SWPBIS Team develops Lesson Plans for behavior that are taught directly to the students of the school. Both examples and non-examples are taught, modeled and reinforced to the students. Various strategies are used to teach behavior:
Circuit Training: Small groups of students are lead throughout the school and are taught how to behave in the actual area where the expected behavior is to be displayed, i.e., hallways, entry/exit, office, cafe, playground etc.
Assemblies: Large school assemblies are done where staff and students participate in the teaching and demonstrating of examples of expected behavior. Often times staff create skits or game show parodies to demonstrate expectations to the students while having fun.
Videos: Educational videos are created or recorded during above circuit training's to show to classrooms or as refreshers as needed. Videos are also useful for new students that arrive during the school year.
Examples of Behavior Matrices and Behavior Lesson Plans are shared below.