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Students’ Perception on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Classroom management strategies vary from classroom to classroom. Teachers decide which classroom management strategies work best for their students. While it is up to the teacher, there is controversy on whether punitive measures are the most effective practices. With the different research that has been conducted on punitive measures, more schools are leaning towards positive intervention programs. This case study explores the perception of students who experienced a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), in a middle school setting. A total of 16 students were interviewed in focus groups of four, in order to better improve the practices and strategies when implementing PBIS. The data demonstrated that behavioral choices made by their peers affect the way students feel in their environment in a negative way. Students also made it clear that they feel over looked by their teachers when their peers are making poor behavioral choices. Teachers need to listen to their students and make sure that they focus and recognize positive behavior, so students know which behavior is preferred.

Classroom management strategies vary from classroom to classroom. Teachers decide which classroom management strategies work best for their students. While it is up to the teacher, there is controversy on whether punitive measures are the most effective practices. With the different research that has been conducted on punitive measures, more schools are leaning towards positive intervention programs. This case study explores the perception of students who experienced a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), in a middle school setting. A total of 16 students were interviewed in focus groups of four, in order to better improve the practices and strategies when implementing PBIS. The data demonstrated that behavioral choices made by their peers affect the way students feel in their environment in a negative way. Students also made it clear that they feel over looked by their teachers when their peers are making poor behavioral choices. Teachers need to listen to their students and make sure that they focus and recognize positive behavior, so students know which behavior is preferred.

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