Encourage Appropriate Behaviors
A set of strategies that encourage appropriate behavior by instructing what is expected, communicating positive examples, giving specific feedback, and motivating students with reinforcers designed to develop a growth mindset and community inclusion.
Behavior lesson plans, preventative prompts, specific praise, individual reinforcers, and group contingencies teach and increase use of desired social-emotional
Strategies should be chosen by a diverse school team, added to the school's discipline flowchart, and supported through professional development.
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Strategies to Encourage Appropriate Behavior
TEACH BEHAVIOR / ROUTINES
A written plan/ schedule for teaching and practicing expectations, rules, or procedures. Teach behavior like academics.
Prompting expected behavior just prior to when it is needed.
BEHAVIOR SPECIFIC PRAISE
Identify the student/group
Include term of praise
Describe rule being recognized
Link to school- wide expectation
Individually acknowledge students with the school-wide expectations. Tickets, tokens, points, etc. can be used. Use data to target specific behaviors.
Identify collective goals for frequent group rewards/ celebrations. The group earns the tickets, everyone gets a reward.
"Before we transition to group work, remember showing respect looks like..."
"John- great work! You are putting away your materials, that's being responsible!"
Ensures all students have a clear understanding of expected behaviors and teaches social- emotional competencies.
Prevents inappropriate behavior by setting the environment and students up for success
Gives feedback about performance. Builds relationships. Helps establish a 5:1 praise to corrections ratio for growth mindset.
Reminds adults to focus on skills they want to see and to use Behavior Specific Praise.
Keeps a focus on growth mindset. Emphasizes desired behaviors, builds relationships, and builds community.
Work collectively to create plans all staff can use
Follow the same design as you do in academics
Consider social-emotional skills in addition to behavior and procedural skills
Use routine-building strategies (pennies in your pocket, etc.) and peer obs/self-reflection to build skillset for 5:1 ration
Be authentic and genuine when giving prompts and praise
Once earned, reinforcers should not be taken away
Layer rewards for additional value
Get student input for individual and group rewards
Everyone is included in group celebrations
Deliver reward as quickly as possible
Use the observation tool to self-assess and gain peer-assessment from colleagues or administrators.