PBIS “Better Choices” and “Apology/Empathy” Slips

PBIS “Better Choices” and “Apology/Empathy” Slips


The C.T. Koontz Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) Team believes students should be accountable for their actions and decisions.


In order to teach reflection, accountability, empathy, and learning from one’s actions, the team adapted two forms from Behavior Specialist Amie Dean that staff should use prior to issuing a minor referral for Level I behaviors (minor rules violations). These are called “Better Choices Sheets” and “Apology/Empathy Slips.”


“Better Choices Sheets” give students an opportunity to reflect on actions and decisions that do not align with our PBIS expectations, why the action was taken, identify “Better Choices” for the future, and create a plan for a similar situation in the future.


“Apology/Empathy Slips” give students an opportunity to write what happened, what the student should have done, and think about how the other person may have felt in this situation.  This slip also provides a section called “I would like to say…”


Students are expected to complete these reflections themselves in a timely manner, but if a student refuses, the staff member is permitted to complete the sheet.


Both reflections are accountability measures that can be used alone or be accompanied by other accountability measures such as:


Loss of classroom privileges

Take 5

Reflective/Working lunch with a staff member

Community Service/Restitution

After School Detention coordinated by the team of teachers


The first two reflections are discussed with the student and filed.  The third reflection warrants parent contact and additional accountability as listed above.  The fourth reflection warrants another parent contact and accountability requiring more time, e.g. After School Detention.  The fifth reflection will result in parent contact and a Minor Incident Referral with additional accountability.  


All reflections are uploaded into our C.T. Koontz Behavior Management System to gather data for PBIS interventions and support.  All Minor Incidents (Level I/II behaviors) and Office Referrals  (Level III-Serious Offenses/Chronic Level I/II behaviors) are entered into Educator’s Handbook and used for PBIS interventions and support.



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