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How do you get students to behave on the school bus?
A Campus Safety
article features Positive Behavior Intervention and Support as a strategy for dealing with the diverse needs and unique challenges of today's students.
“Disciplining students is never an easy thing to do. When you hear of a student being disciplined in school or on the bus, what picture comes to your mind? The Encarta Dictionary defines discipline as punishment
, ‘designed to teach somebody obedience’ or training
, ‘the practice or methods of teaching . . . acceptable patterns of behavior.’
Bus drivers often struggle to create and carry out a plan of discipline that works consistently. Writing bus rider discipline referrals for students who break the rules on the bus is a common forms of discipline. But what if there was a way to train the students to behave, gaining control and the respect of the students on a bus, without punishing them by ‘writing them up’?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs provide students with incentives to meet and exceed behavioral expectations. Officials who work for a Maryland middle school say they have seen a change among students since implementing a PBIS program, and that PBIS programs are useful tools for the bus environment.
For more on school bus safety, watch what this driver did when a stranger boarded her bus.