What can you do?

Positive Behavior Interventions

Where do you begin?

What do you do when you have a student who doesn't listen? What about when you have a student who argues? What about the kid who cries in the morning after drop off? What do you do when that child throws a tantrum? Let's take a walk together!

What is a behavior contract?

Behavior Contracts

A Behavior Contract is a simple positive reinforcement that can be used by teachers to change student behavior (Sallis 1990). The behavior contract spells out in detail the expectations of student and teacher in carrying out the plan. It is important to make sure that the student has input in the contract for earning rewards. Positive reinforcement is the way to go!

Do they always work?

If used properly a Behavior Contract is a stepping stone to a Positive Behavior Intervention. In the younger grades, behavior charts can be used after a contract has been established.


What if I have a problem using the behavior contract/behavior plan?


It is possible that the contract/plan may not work because the student did not have a significant role in the decisions (Downing 2002). A contract should be made from asking the child questions pertain able to them and then you can find what drives them. Positive reinforcers are a great place to start.

Information used

PBIS - www.PBIS.org


Sallis, James. Determinants of Exercise Behavior. Exercise & Sport Sciences Review, 1990, V18, Issue 1, pg 307-330.


Downing, Joyce Anderson. Individualized Behavior Contracts. Intervention in School and Clinic, 2002, V37, Issue 1, pg 168-172.