Behaviour management

Positive Behaviour for Learning
Logan Reserve State School is committed to providing a positive learning environment for all students. Logan Reserve State School became a Positive Behaviour for Learning school in 2009. It has assisted our school to create positive learning environments by developing proactive whole-school systems to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviour. Our data has shown the effectiveness of PBL in the significant decrease in inappropriate behaviour in our school.
PBL is not a specific model or program but a compilation of research-based interventions, effective teaching practices and change strategies that have been demonstrated to be effective and efficient. Schools that implement school-wide systems of positive behaviour support focus on teaching appropriate behaviour to all students in the school.
Implementing PBL
PBL was developed by leading behaviour experts to reduce problem behaviour and increase academic achievement. At Logan Reserve State School we take an evidence-based approach to managing student behaviour and providing behavioural interventions. Our PBL team routinely use data to make decisions about the specific interventions that may work for our students. The PBL team regularly review whole-school practices to make sure our program remains effective, engaging, and relevant.  
PBL is implemented at Logan Reserve State School through:
·      Enthusiastic & committed Principal leadership
·      A committed school leadership team
·      A trained PBL coach to assist the school in implementation
·      Accurate & consistent implementation of PBL by all staff members
·      Regular reviews of school data to guide direction
·      Highly specialized, expert STRIVE team that focuses on providing more focused support for students experiencing difficulty
What makes us a PBL school?
·      4 Positively Stated Rules:
o    I am a Learner
o    I am Respectful
o    I am Safe
o    I Strive to do my best
·      Defined behaviour expectations for all students
·      Teaching of expected school behaviour to all students
·      Having clear and consistent consequences for inappropriate behaviour
·      Consistently reinforcing appropriate school behaviour
·      Implementing effective behaviour support
·      Using data to make meaningful decisions
Can PBL work at home?
The link between families and PBL is an important one. Family involvement helps to provide consistency between home and school.
Positive behaviour support (PBS) includes strategies for preventing problem behaviour by changing routines and by teaching new social and communication skills. Traditional ways of dealing with problem behaviour through punishment are not effective in changing behaviour. PBS can help parents guide their children to develop the positive behaviour skills that are the foundation for a successful future.
Although PBS is commonly implemented in school settings, the approach can be used at home with families. PBS at home looks similar to implementation at school but on a smaller scale.
Steps for PBS at home
1.   Select 3-5 behaviour expectations e.g. Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Strive to do your Best. State the expectations positively.
2.   Define expectations across family routines. E.g. What does ‘Be Safe’ look like in the house, in the car, in the yard or at the shops. What does ‘Be Respectful’ look like at dinner time, in the morning or after school.
3.   Teach the expected behaviours during routines (e.g. adults should model and have the children practice)
4.   Create a system to reward respectful, responsible, safe behaviour in the home.
5.   Create a correction system that emphasizes consistency, re-teaching and consideration of why the behaviour occurred (e.g. reprimanding a child at length may not be an effective consequence following a problem behaviour if the child is seeking an adult reaction or response).
6.   Create a simple way to track daily/weekly progress towards building and sustaining a safe & caring family environment.
7.   Celebrate success!
Top Ten Positive Behaviour Tips
·         Aim for 4 positive comments to every 1 negative comment
·         Set the stage for success & reward effort
·         Give clear, specific directions
·         Stay calm, use a calm voice – Nagging gets you nowhere!
·         Set reasonable limits
·         Be consistent
·         Set the example – actions speak louder than words
·         Proactively anticipate situations
·         Have patience – a little goes a long way
·         Have fun & enjoy your kids.
Last reviewed 22 November 2019
Last updated 22 November 2019