Blossom With BIST!

Hickman Mills Freshman Center

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BIST: Behavior Intervention Support Tools

The mission of BIST is "to help teachers, administrators, parents and students learn techniques to effect positive change and create a healthy learning environment for all".


There are four steps in the BIST Model:

1.) Early Intervention

2.) Caring Confrontation

3.) Protective Planning

4.) Outlasting the Acting Out


This month, we will focus on Early Intervention. The key to early intervention is stopping the behavior when you see it; not waiting until you feel it.

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Early Intervention

There are four components to early intervention:

1.) Structure: Providing clear boundaries and expectations to provide predictable responses/consistency for students.


2.) Gateway Behaviors: Behaviors that can be deemed as insignificant by adults but lead to bigger issues. (Ex. eye rolling, mumbling under breath, avoiding eye contact)


3.) Redirection: Redirect the student only one time; addressing a behavior the first time we see it instead of waiting until we feel it.


4.) Triage: Systematic way to provide early intervention for students to prevent acting out.


  • Building
  • Classroom
  • Group
  • Individual

Early intervention will continue to help us reduce our office referrals and suspensions.