I had the privilege of attending the NorthWest PBIS Spring conference earlier this month. I left this conference loving my profession and appreciating my colleagues more than ever.
For those unfamiliar with PBIS… Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. (PBIS.org)
I think the reason I left with such a hopeful high had mostly to do with the amazing Anita Archer who pioneered the “I do it, we do it, you do it.” approach to instruction. Her keynote address solidified my thoughts on teaching being both an art and a science! If you want to see an amazing teacher in action check this out, Anita Archer- Explicit Instruction. I connected with the message threaded throughout the conference sessions, and this is what I walked away with: 1) We must create meaningful relationships with our students. 2) High quality interactive instruction goes a long way in preventing problem behaviors (I have always said engaged kids who are busy learning don’t have time to misbehave). 3) Of course, my favorite take away, — find the function of problem behavior. If we can correctly identify the function we can create an effective intervention! Long live PBIS!