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Why do I need PBIS Positive Behavior Path- Emojis?

Have you been wondering how to encourage positive behavior in your students? PBIS Positive Behavior Path- Emojis is a student behavior strategy that provides you with a quick and easy way to positively reinforce appropriate behaviors in the classroom. 

This product comes with 3 different versions so that you can adjust the rate of reinforcement. This behavior support tool is to be used to encourage behaviors that you want to see more of, not to decrease inappropriate ones. 

PBIS Positive Behavior Path- Emojis allows students to start understanding the connection between their behavioral choices and the positive classroom consequences of doing the right thing, thus increasing the likelihood that they will continue to display the positive behavior.

How will PBIS Positive Behavior Path- Emojis help my students?

Think of students earning reinforcers like an adult earning a paycheck. As paychecks encourage adults to go to work and do things that they wouldn’t engage in for fun, the Positive Behavior Path encourages students to complete school-related tasks that they would not choose to do for fun, and can be quite useful when working with students who struggle with compliance and whose behavior does not improve through the use of verbal praise alone.

*Hint- If a student has a very difficult time following directions or demonstrating appropriate behaviors, it is recommended to start with a Path that allows for more frequent reinforcement and then increase the expectation as they are able to experience success.

Directions for PBIS Positive Behavior Path- Emojis

  1. Decide whether you want to reinforce the behavior every 3 times they display it, every 4 times, or if you want to start easier and stretch them a little bit each time.

  2. Choose the target positive behavior that the student is working on. This can be anything from raising a hand to completing a task, depending on the needs of the student.
  3. For one-time use: print and allow the student to color in or place a sticker each time they display the target behavior.
  4. For a reusable form: laminate the sheet and then use a dry erase marker to color in as they earn.

  5. To use the forms for data collection or to track behavior goals, keep a running record of how many reinforcers they earn each day to measure progress over time.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Reinforcer

  • Consider how often the student will be earning the reinforcer when determining what they can earn at each Reinforcement space. If the student is coloring in a circle for each assignment completed, for example, a reinforcer of 5 minutes of iPad time would be appropriate. If you use it to track homework completion over a period of multiple days, a reinforcer of 15 minutes of iPad time might be appropriate. If, however, they are working on raising their hand, that reinforcer would take up more time than what you are asking them to do and they will spend all day on the iPad, so you would clearly want to choose something else.

  • For students who have a hard time delaying gratification, consider edible reinforcers like a couple of Skittles or Cheez-Its. For students who might like to save up, consider something like a coupon for 2 minutes of Ipad time for each reinforcer to be spent at midday or the end of the day.

  • Make sure your reinforcer is something your student finds worth working for. If they aren’t excited by it, they won’t work to earn it.

  • If you are working with a student who seems to frequently want to control situations, consider giving them a few different options of things that they may work for, giving them a small feeling of control that can aid in student compliance.

If you like PBIS Positive Behavior Path- Emojis, visit my store to find other positive behavior paths, as well as token boards, point sheets, and other behavior supports.