The Student May:

  • Appear suspicious, tense, nervous, uptight, etc

  • Seem like they are hiding something

  • Seem to be looking out the window or in a certain direction a lot

  • Frequently look up to check on the teacher or adult

  • Tattle often

  • Involved in a lot of conflict

  • Tells unlikely or inflated stories

  • Frequently

  • Have difficulty taking responsibility

  • Have frequent incidents

  • Have frequent reports from others

  • Blame others

  • Only seem to tell half the story or give partial details

  • What they are saying doesn’t quite add up

  • Relay self serving messages from parents

  • Minimize situations or issues

  • Suddenly do really well on a test, quiz, or assignment

  • Make a point to emphasize an assignment or task they have done very well that seems out of the norm

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


  • Acknowledging positive behavior

  • Avoid power struggles

  • Call parent or note home

  • Card Flip

  • Logical consequence

  • Reflection sheet

  • Review PBIS expectations and rules

  • Speak in calm and neutral tone

  • Take away privileges

  • Take away unstructured or free time

  • Talk one on one with student

  • Talk to parent

  • 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.