The Student May:

  • Frequent engagement of confrontation

  • Not following directions when given

  • Frequent talking back to adults

  • Negative facial expressions

  • Huff and puff and roll eyes at others

  • Dismissive

  • Lack of common courtesy

  • May act as if some people do not exist

  • Poor attitude

  • Does not think highly of others

  • Often frustrated

  • Always feel they are right

  • Unwilling to consider others’ ideas and opinions

  • Have no regard for others’ feelings, well-being, and safety

  • Tell others to be quiet and hush them

  • Destructive of others’ property

  • Take and use others’ things without asking or caring about personal space

  • Ignore others

If this describes the student, proceed to the interventions. If not, try choosing another behavior.


  • Acknowledging positive behavior

  • Avoid power struggles

  • Card Flip

  • Praise when good attitude and involvement occur

  • Reflection sheet

  • Review PBIS expectations and rules

  • Speak with student in hallway

  • Talk one on one with student

  • Teach conflict resolution skills

  • Teach coping skills

  • Teach relationship skills

  • Teach social skills

  • Use calm neutral tone

A few important points:  

  • Try multiple interventions at the same time

  • Collect and track specific data on each intervention tried & its effect

  • If your data indicates no progress after a two weeks, you should consider a referral to the Trutherapy School Based Counselor.