Positive behavioral support

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Positive behavioral support
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Wed, 11-04-2009 - 7:54pm
Election Day was professional development day in my district. We had a presenter do a thing on positive behavioral support. Have you guys heard of this? I don't think it went over too well. A lot of teachers were feeling like everything is on the teacher and we don't require kids to take responsibility for their actions any more. One of the things she advocated for was rewarding "bad" kids when they behave better. A lot of teachers said well, what about the good kids who never give you problems, why don't they get a reward?
Another thing she got a hard time on was diffusing a difficult, combative student by having a stock answer that you just keep repeating. An example she gave was saying "probably so" So if a kid says "this assignment is BS. It's stupid." you're supposed to say probably so?!! She had two teacher role play and it seemed really dumb plus she told us never to use sarcasm and how can that come across as anything but sarcastic? Some of the things she said were ok but, overall, I don't thing my colleagues were converted.
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 11-04-2009 - 11:10pm

I've never had a workshop by that specific name. I have heard of those suggestions as possibilities among other management or control options. There's no way I think using those would work for most kids in most situations. I have done the repetition, but not with any form of agreement. If they said an assignment sucked I might say something like

Sherry