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PRIDE is a word, not an acronym.  PRIDE is what we have in ourselves and our school, and this is how we show we have PRIDE.

Pride is a way to reinforce kids for positive behavior:

  • Sometimes being positive is the absence of being negative.
  • Sometimes doing the right thing is the absence of doing the wrong thing.
  • Sometimes it is easier to SEE the absence of negative behavior than the presence of positive behavior.


  • Focus on the most basic positive behavior we want to see in our students?
  • Focus on the social skills and behavioral traits that may transfer from school to life after school?
  • Make the system exceptionally simple and clear to students and staff
  • Reduce interpretation and subjectivity within the system.
  • Create something that translates easily into a reward system, token economy, etc.
  • Decisions about points should be made collaboratively by classroom teams whenever possible
  • If you have to labor over whether a student earned the point…they didn’t.

Students demonstrate Pride by demonstrating the following:

Engaged in Learning - this is "learning" in the broadest sense.  It may look like a student engaged in the activity, task or expectation. 

  • Student is in class the majority of time
  • Work* is completed to acceptable standards (*task, assignment, quiz, test, etc.)
  • Full participation in class (head up, takes turn, participates in discussions, contributes to projects, spends time on assigned tasks)
  • Responsible use of PED's

Respect for Staff - This is the essence of the student/teacher relationship that enhances learning. 

  • Acknowledge authority - responds when addressed by staff; compliance with requests and directives.
  • Complies with classroom structure, rules and expectations with minimal delay, reminders and cueing (includes responsible use of PED's)
  • Courteous - listens with no or minimal interruptions
  • Minimal complaints and protesting

Respect for Peers - essential for the smooth operation of classes and the school.

  • Absence of "meanness" - comments, gestures...both direct and indirect
  • Minimal interruptions
  • Allows peers to have a different opinion than theirs on an issues
  • Behavior allows staff to teach everyone
  • Refrains from horseplay
  • Observes the "golden rule"

Positive Attitude - this is the cream on top, the icing on the is the presence of behaviors and attributes that contribute to the positive culture in the classroom and the school.  Things to consider:

  • Cussing
  • Foul language inappropriate for school
  • Complaining
  • Meanness or bullying behaviors
  • Control of emotions (regulated) - too depressed, too hyper, etc
  • Open to assistance and feedback
  • Helpful & kind to other
  • Good example to other students
  • Is this student contributing to the well being of our school culture (or at least not detracting from it)?