Behavior Interventions

Helpful Behavior Intervention 


Behavior Intervention Guide-Addressing Student Behavior With A Positive Approach
This page is designed to offer teachers and administrators ideas on interventions and strategies to include in a Positive Behavior Intervention Plan (PBIP) and offer behavior plan templates.  These ideas are just suggestions which can be elaborated on or modified to suite each student's needs. It is important to remember that interventions chosen in a PBIP should correspond to the behavior which is the problem (i.e. if a student is exhibiting attention-seeking behavior, an intervention should be put in place to withhold attention for the inappropropriate behavior.)

For access to a complete PBIP guide, you may access it here.

Prevention Strategies

  • Avoid certain triggers such as long delays, power struggles, long periods of desk work, negative language, etc.
  • Consider changing instructional approach (pacing, using multiple modes of instruction,  find personal interests to increase motivation).
  • Do some "environmental engineering."
    • post schedules
    • give preferential seating
    • have all needed materials easily accessible (don't fight the "I don't have a pencil" fight).
    • create quiet work areas
    • eliminate distractions
    • consider playing music if it appears to help
  • Provide Structure
  • Provide strategies to increase compliance ( offer choices, quiet start requests, flexible seating positions, etc).
  • Design social supports (positive peer role model, mentor, positive reinforcement) 
  • Promote self-regulation (allow frequent breaks, provide time alone after a negative event)

Templates for Creating PBIPs


Videos About Positive Behavior Intervention


Types of Reinforcers

  • Specific verbal praise
  • Allow social interactions
  • Offer tangible rewards 
  • Give positive referrals
  • Have school-wide recognition
  • Provide opportunities for students to take on leadership roles/responsibilities
  • Consider developing behavior or academic contracts
  • Have goal setting conferences with students who exhibit negative behavior

Strategies for Decreasing Inappropriate Behavior

  • Redirection
  • Verbal prompting
  • gestures/hand signals
  • Corrective feedback
  • follow through of consequences

If the Behavior Persists.....

  • Conference with the student
  • Contact parent/parent conference
  • Detention
  • Restitution 
  • Reflection Essay

Remember, Don't Over-Refer!

Before referring students to the office, please refer to the chart below. When students are over-referred to the office, it loses its effectiveness. Please refer to the chart below before considering an office referral.
Click here for a printable version of the chart