A film festival to improve student behavior

iStock_000003267167XSmallThe lonely voice of a teacher often isn’t enough. But a short, homemade video can often do the trick to change student behaviors.

Do you have a short video your school or district has produced to educate students about your behavioral expectations for them?

If you want to show off and/or share your productions, enter the 4th Annual Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Film Festival sponsored by the Association for Positive Behavior Supports (APBS). The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2013. Winners will be announced at the annual APBS Conference to be held in San Diego March 28-30.

The contest is open to teams, teachers, and students from around the world who have produced short videos supporting PBIS initiatives. The categories include: Best Teaching Expectations (elementary, middle and high school levels), Best Bullying Prevention/Awareness Video, and the Best PBIS Picture. Participation in the film festival is free.

Topics of the short videos are wide-ranging. Best picture of 2012 was Stripping the Label by Canadian student James Vong, which deftly addresses sexual identity harassment issues.

The 2010 winner was the Shawnee Mission West High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas for a short film, Garbagio, on keeping the school clean.

Other topics include dress codes, hypocrisy, cafeteria etiquette, bus safety and behavior, and locker theft. Not all videos are directed at teaching students about behavioral and academic expectations. Some videos are directed to teachers for training and professional learning purposes (“Active Supervision). Go to the Homegrown SW-PBIS Video group on Vimeo to see past contest entries (over 100 videos for the elementary, middle, and high school levels).

What makes for a successful Positive Behavior Support video? Here are some tips:

  • Have positive language throughout video
  • Avoid the words “no” and “don’t” when teaching expectations
  • Teach rules and expectations in the context of specific school locations
  • Use examples and non-examples
  • Include students in writing, acting, directing, editing and producing
  • Appeal to adults and students
  • Use humor when appropriate

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