PBIS Tool Highlights
The main purpose of this intervention is to maintain instruction while handling a classroom disruption. During instruction, the teacher will move around the room, providing direct instruction of the content. If a student becomes off-task, the teacher can move toward that student briefly. As the student refocuses, the teacher should make brief eye-contact to reinforce the on-task behvior and move away.
Physical proximity can be a first line of defense for any misbehavior in the classroom. Like any intervention, caution must be used to prevent escalation of the behavior. Sometimes a student may view the closer proximity of the teacher as threatening. In this case, the student may become physically and/or verbally aggressive. Use professional judgement in the use of physical proximity and make considerations to students' background and experiences.
Mr. Horner teaches seventh-grade science. He likes to use slideshows to provide the bulk of the content for his curriculum and cooperative group activities for guided practice of the content. Mr. Horner has a wireless remote so he can move around the room without being tied to his desk or media cart. Three students in his third-period class are diagnosed with ADHD and an emotional disturbance. As he provides the lecture portion of his lesson, Mr. Horner moves around the room. When a concept is particularly difficult, he moves closer to the students with ADHD. When he sees they are on track, he moves away. His instruction never stops as he moves around the classroom. During group time, Mr. Horner continues to move around the room, giving nonverbal signals to students when he sees they are on-task, and pays particular attention to those students with learning challenges.
In the past, some of the materials authored by Region 4/Texas Behavior Support contained the abbreviation PBS to refer to Positive Behavioral Support. This use is in no way related to, endorsed by, or supported by the Public Broadcasting Service. To avoid confusion, Region 4/Texas Behavior Support has begun using the abbreviation PBIS for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The PBS used in past materials and the currently used PBIS may be read interchangeably and without any alteration in meaning.