The PBS method of school discipline is totally different than the BIST system, which our district uses. BIST, if you're using it exactly as designed, requires students to hop to it in obeying the teacher's commands within TWO SECONDS, Buster, or it's safe seat/ time out time.
"What?!!" says the kid with language processing/emotional control issues.
disagreeing with me? Then you can go to the Buddy Room across the
hall." And here the kid totally loses it and really DOES do something
awful, and winds up getting locked into a "Recovery Room," or cement
closet. Yep. It happens here, and more often than you'd like to think.
My experience has been that teachers have no clue about giving a little
warning about transitions, have little/no understanding of the
motivations of disabled students, and generally think their balking is
But most neurotypical students are
just able to keep it under check, give a hearty but unfelt "YES, Ma'am!"
and pretend to obey... while the teacher is watching. Then they can
snicker and goof off while she isn't. Meanwhile, the kid with social
problems has caught on that it's playtime but can't quite switch gears
when the teacher turns around...
I've read in
several places about problems with PBS, most notably that it may lead to
teachers calling in police rather than resolving issues at school
(through closet locking and paddling, sorry, but that's the reality).
Overall, however, I think it's an improvement over BIST.
I also think discipline often depends on the teacher, but having a generally humane "model" to follow does make a difference in school culture.