Lesson 1: Analyzing PBIS


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You will begin this course by learning what PBIS is. To do this, you will watch videos and read articles to gain a better understanding.

At the end of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Define PBIS;
  • Identify why PBIS is used;
  • Provide examples of how PBIS is used.


  • Watch the following Youtube video to develop a quick understanding of what PBIS is and key components for effective practice.

  • Watch the following Youtube video. In this video, Ms. Mondragon explains some ways that PBIS can be used in the classroom.


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It is important to know that as educators, expecting students to do know or do something without guidance and teaching may lead to frustration and confusion for both you and the student.

Let's review PBIS components for effective practice.

  1. Define behavior expectations.
  2. Define the specific behaviors you want to see.
  3. Teach the behavior expectations.
  4. Acknowledge, reward, and celebrate desired behaviors.
  5. Correct problem behaviors.
  6. Collect behavior data.

Using these components, educators can devise a PBIS plan with their student(s) to limit confusion and frustration. PBIS should be tailored to the student(s) and can be individualized.

Recall the 5:1 ratio. For every 1 negative comment you say, you should be saying 5 positive ones.


Have you ever expected students to do something without telling them? How did you feel when they did it? How did you feel when they did not do it?


Complete the following google form quiz to assess your level of understanding of PBIS.


Look Forward

Next lesson, you will identify the advantages and challenges of using PBIS.

Click the following link to continue to Lesson 2.

Lesson 2: Identifying Advantages and Challenges of PBIS.