Positivity Project (P2)
What is it? What are the 24 strengths? How do we ‘teach’ this as a curriculum?
All WFE staff members support social emotional learning through character education.
The Positivity Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s youth build stronger relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. The premise is simple, but the results are profound. Together, we create stronger citizens and leaders who enhance our communities and country by internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter.” 24 character strengths serve as the foundation of The Positivity Project’s approach (click here to visit the Positivity Project's Web site). We support learning the importance of positive interactions with others and work together to ensure academic and social success for all children.
The P2 team meets monthly to share strategies and work to develop our program. Multiple staff have been trained and all classrooms participate in the learning. Monthly school wide assemblies for students and staff support the strengths and message of #otherpeoplematter. Classroom teachers deliver lessons through powerpoints, books, videos, and discussion as well as social emotional skill building interventions designed within the classroom and intervention blocks. We always continue to develop our program.
- Curiosity – You like exploration and discovery. You find all things fascinating.
- Kindness – You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for others.
- Creativity – You come up new and productive ways to think about and do things.
- Perspective – You understand that people see things in different ways.
- Bravery - You show courage even when things are difficult or scary.
- Gratitude – You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.
- Fairness – You treat people all the same and give everyone a fair chance.
- Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence – You notice and appreciate everything around you. You don’t take things for granted.
- Self-regulation – You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.
- Perseverance/Grit – You complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.
- Hope/Optimism – You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.
- Humility/Modesty – You do not seek the spotlight, you let your actions speak for themselves.
- Integrity – You speak the truth and present yourself genuinely and sincerely.
- Love – You value close relationships with others and being close to people.
- Leadership – You encourage members of your group and value each one.
- Love of Learning – You master new skills and topics on your own or in school.
- Forgiveness/Mercy – You forgive those who have done wrong and you accept other people’s shortcomings.
- Zest/Enthusiasm – You approach life with excitement and energy.
- Spirituality/Devotion – You have beliefs about a higher purpose and are devoted to goals to self improve.
- Prudence – You are careful about your choices and you don’t take undue risks.
- Social Intelligence – You are aware of the feelings of other people and why they do things.
- Humor – You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.
- Open-Mindedness – You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.
- Citizenship – You work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal to the group.
Mike Erwin's Message to P2 Teachers.