Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Words of Hope

When Best Practice Language (BPL) is used consistently and modeled effectively in the classroom, teachers and students can experience positive behavior outcomes. These student behavior outcomes can serve as a catalyst for a Culture of Hope in the classroom and at the school wide level. In a Culture of Hope, all members of the school expect to experience the hope of better days and better ways! Better days: where students and teachers offer their best to one another. Better ways: where everyone works to find promising paths to individual success! BPL reverberates into a cycle of promise that feeds on itself and generates excitement and enthusiasm about—”Why we’re all here.”

Self_Management_02-13-032We all benefit from working and learning in a Culture of Hope. An effective PBIS program promotes a Culture of Hope, where students hope for—and work for—a better tomorrow. Words of Hope inspire us to see others and the world with great potential. These words empower students to dream and achieve more! They instill the confidence that what is hoped for—can happen. They also spark interests and ignite passions for learning!

Consider using the BPL examples below to create a Culture of Hope in your classroom.

“Even though it might seem impossible to do ______ right now, I know with your perseverance and talent you will find a way to accomplish it.”

“You look troubled. Let’s talk about what’s troubling you today and we can decide how to work through this problem together so it won’t trouble you tomorrow.”

“I can see you one day…
Running your own business
Being a fireman
Teaching students in your own classroom
Being a nurse in a hospital…”

“You’ve been working so hard to improve your behavior in the classroom. I realize it takes so much concentration and it’s not an easy task. In fact I am going to call your parents and tell them what a great job you are doing!”

Perhaps our biggest challenge as educators is remaining hopeful. The challenges we face certainly discourage us and cause us to lose focus on what really matters. We all need daily reminders to help maintain a Culture of Hope in our classroom.


You need to model hope for your students on a daily basis.  When they see you hoping for something and believing in something better—then it gives them permission to do the same!

Self_Management_02-13-098Classroom experiences can be some of the most influential experiences of a student’s life—make sure they are positive and uplifting for all students!

Disengaged students often blend in and choose not to participate. See them as potential contributors and encourage them to be an active participant in your classroom.

This post is part five in a series of posts on what Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) “sounds like” in the classroom. The original post can be found at: eyeoneducation.com