Setting up classrooms expectations (School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support)

Author: Dave Vinegrad

School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a whole-school framework which provides school professionals with an approach to promote improved behaviour at their school.

SWPBS has been developed from evidence and data, demonstrating the most effective ways to prevent and respond to problem behaviour at school. Research has shown that SWPBS is successful in reducing problem behaviour, improving school culture, and increasing academic performance.

 

A key element to SWPBS is the establishment of a set of agreed classroom expectations. These expectations help establish the classroom norms for core subject teachers and CRT’s.  Teaching to these expectations is important to make the learning environment safe, predictable and productive for all involved. When classroom routines and classroom expectations are incorporated into the lesson plans teachers prepare for CRT’s the level of disruption and  lost instructional time can be greatly reduced as students are given a clear message that it is business as usual.