Cool Tools are a program that structure how staff teaches expected behaviors from the school-wide PBIS team. These research-based procedures help staff teach expected behaviors to the students. These apply to both classroom, and non-classroom (cafeteria, hallways, bus) areas. The Cool Tools use modeling, as well as positive feedback and reinforcement to ensure students display the expected behaviors.
Cool Tools are broken down into six phases as described below:
1. Introduction Phase- This phase explains the purpose of the lesson. Phase 1 also identifies the specific behavior to be taught.
2. Tell Phase- This involves talking why the behavior is important, and encouraging student input and participation.
3. Show Phase- This is teaching examples from the lesson plan. Stating the difference between the expected behavior and the problem behavior. Modeling expected behavior is also used here.
4. Do Phase- Taking all of the students to the actual setting where you want to see the behavior displayed in the future. Having students role-play the skill while other students provide feedback and praise. Teachers will also provide feedback and praise here.
5. Debriefing Phase- Here, we discuss and reinforce what students learned about the expected behavior and when to use the new skill.
6.- Follow-Up Phase- Implementing Cool Tools and reinforce skills and behaviors. Rewarding students for complimenting each other when they display the new expected behavior, and increase meaningfulness of rewards tied to the specific skill just taught.