B.I.S.T. is a school-wide behavior management plan that increases student learning time, stops disruptive/hurtful behavior, and teaches skills that will lead to life success. Through B.I.S.T. teachers, administrators, parents and students learn techniques to effect positive change and create a healthy learning environment for all. 


  • I can make good choices even if I am mad.
  • I can be okay even if others are not okay.
  • I can do something even if I don’t want to (or even if it’s hard).


Responsibility and  
Accountability to  
Children in 


This means guiding each student to look at what challenges their behaviors can create in his or her life. There are five levels to Accountability:

  1. I did it.
  2. I’m sorry.
  3. It is part of a problem in my life.
  4. I accept consequences.
  5. I accept and need help.


Safe Seat: A seat in the classroom away from other students to help the student regroup, process with the adult, and join the class.

Buddy Room: A seat in another teacher’s classroom to help a student regroup, complete a think sheet, and process with the adult so they may return to the classroom safe seat.

Recovery/Focus Room:  A place in the school where students can go to practice replacement skills, stop acting out, calm down, prepare an apology, and create a plan to make better choices for themselves.

Think Sheet: A tool that the student completes to help him/her take ownership of the problem, partner with adults, and create a plan to be successful.

Processing: Questions the adult asks the student so he/she may take ownership, practice skills, and create a plan to make better choices.

Target Behavior Sheet: A daily visual of goals the student is working on to help him/her problem solve.

Triage: Daily “check in” with an adult to practice replacement skills, assess emotions, establish focus about what it means to have a successful day, and formulate solutions if problems occur.

Class Meeting: Weekly meetings facilitated by the adult to help students solve problems, plan events and maintain a positive classroom community.

Goals for Life: Goals that we help students obtain so that they may have the life they want and deserve. 

Replacement Skills: Desired student behaviors that are practiced during triage so the student can be successful at school.