Is PBIS Important to our School?

Paige Netting

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Do you think Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or P.B.I.S., is important to our school?  Most kids think adults are in a different mindset with too much of an age difference to really be able to understand what we middle schoolers are going through. you have to remember that they too were once unfortunate souls like us. Mr. Simpson, a seventh-grade math teacher was the one who came up with P.B.I.S. Based on these varying answers from students,he was interviewed. Let’s see what he thinks about his idea of P.B.I.S.

The first question fired at him was, “What does P.B.I.S. stand for?” His answer was, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.” Next, “What inspired you to create P.B.I.S.?” Mr.Simpson said, “We work to create a positive atmosphere throughout the school building. It is important for students to have clear expectations about how to behave in different areas of the building. That way all teachers and students are on the same page and there are fewer miscommunications.  Also, P.B.I.S. encourages both students and teachers to build positive relationships with one another. This promotes a feeling of closeness and safety throughout the school.” For our last question, we asked, “How do you think it helps students?” He explained,“When behavior improves, everyone can focus more on learning. We want to have an environment that students feel safe in so that they can be successful in the classroom. Students who tend to get in trouble a lot benefit because there is a more feasible approach to discipline dealing with student behavior. In other words, teachers try to be productive and stop the behaviors early so that it results in fewer detentions and suspensions.”

Looking at what others said, decide for yourself if P.B.I.S. really helps or if it is just a waste of time. This is what some of your peers thought in all of the grade levels: In the sixth grade, Samuel Vest said with a thoughtful face, “It was helpful to some kids, but I already knew it [the values]. I think you should keep doing it because it’s good.” Also, this young man, Gavin Reese, stated, “I think it kinda helps. Most people already know what they’re teaching because they learned it in elementary school. But it still helps.” In the seventh grade, Lany Balthazar explained that “It shows standard rules for everyday life. Really good.”  Seventh-grader Bella Ferrate said, “I think it’s good that they’re trying to encourage good behaviors. I like the questions because it gets people involved, unlike the videos where people blink out[stare into space].” In the eighth grade, Ashlan Mabe decided that “It’s a good way to teach young adults the core values that are important. I just think that we could enforce them more.” When I asked Ashlan how she thinks we should enforce these core values she said, “Student ambassadors should be chosen by the principals to enforce them. Then it would be more kids and not adults.” As everyone so far has said that it helps, these young ladies put their voice in on an entirely different side. 8th grader Hannah Smith suggested, “It does not affect anybody. It may be entertaining but nobody changes after it.” Soren French chimed in saying “ Yeah, nobody does the things they say to do. When I’m watching I’m like, don’t do that, don’t do that, don’t do that. Nobody does that!”


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Is PBIS Important to our School?