Pittsburgh School Alters Approach to Good Behavior

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

At Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood, fifth-grader Sha'nya Currington was so excited to be recognized for her good behavior that she ran across the gym, jumped up and gave a huge hug to educator Janice Motley.

Ms. Motley was announcing both good news and bad to third- through fifth-graders.

The good news for Sha'nya was she is now considered a "positive." She had been a positive before, but she had dropped to a ''neutral" because, she said, "I kept talking."

Such news also brought cheers from the other students in grades 3-5 who were seated on the gym floor for a weekly "leveling" meeting. Students in lower grades have their own assemblies by grade level.

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