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Responding to Inappropriate Behavior

Teachers should develop a toolkit that has a continuum of responses for inappropriate or unexpected behavior. The least intensive approach should be used to support student learning and to achieve demonstration of the appropriate skill. 

Trauma Lens:
A continuum of response provides opportunity to use trauma informed strategies to help students regulate, connect (relate) with the adult, and allows the student to access problem-solving skills
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Why it's important?
  • No single strategy works for all 
  • Response strategies should differ based on the function, intensity, and rates of behavior

What does it look like? 

(The following is a sample of a continuum of response. School level teams or classroom teaches should develop their own continuum that should be installed and supported through professional development.)

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  • Use the least intense practice as possible to achieve the objective. Focus on consistency and patience in responding to behavior. 

  • Document a school-wise list of recommended practices in a discipline flow-chart. 

  • Response practices should communicate support, caring, and relationship building. 

  • Professional development on function of behavior should be given to teachers to support selection of practice.

  • A continuum of responses should not be:

    • A list of punishments or a process for teachers to follow to reach a punishment​

    • A public shaming response cost system (clips, names on board, etc.)

    • A privilege level system

  • Use the observation tool to self-assess and gain peer-assessment from colleagues or administrators.

Information from:

Midwest PBIS

Missouri SW-PBIS


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