Once expectations have been defined, systematic teaching of those expected behaviors must be a routine part of the school day. Effective instruction of social behavioral skills requires more than simply providing the rule–it requires instruction, practice, feedback, reteaching, and encouragement.1Sprague, J. & Golly, A. (2005). Best behavior: Building positive behavior support in schools. … Continue reading, 2Sugai, G., Hagan-Burke, S., & Lewis-Palmer, T. (2004). Schoolwide discipline and instructional … Continue reading

This module describes the process for writing lesson plans, developing a teaching schedule, and providing special activities and events that guide the ongoing teaching of expected behaviors.


By the end of this course, you will…

  • Develop a system to teach expected behavior in the social behavioral curriculum, that includes:
    • understand why teaching social behavioral skills is important;
    • engaging all staff in a process of writing lesson plans;
    • creating a set of lesson plans to initially teach acquisition of expected behaviors;
    • creating a set of booster lessons for maintenance of expected behaviors; and
    • developing and sharing a schedule for teaching expected behaviors.

Recommended Prerequisites

Read Chapter 4 – Introduction to Effective Teaching and Learning Practices and Effective Teaching and Learning Practices Explored in MO SW-PBS Handbook.

Complete the Clarifying Expected Behavior Professional Learning Module.

Reflective Questions

  1. How will you plan initial teaching of social skills at the beginning of the school year?
  2. How will you arrange for regular, ongoing teaching throughout the school year?
  3. What data will drive your ongoing teaching efforts?