Other People Matter Mindset

Sunday, 24 September 2017

This year our school became a Positivity Project partner school.  We are hard at work to bring about positive change in our school culture by infusing this mindset into all parts of our school day!

We began by introducing the motto, Other People Matter.  I told the children that these were important words to carry in our heads and in our hearts.  I suggested we make a big banner with these words for our classroom so we would never forget them! They had ideas about how we could decorate the banner (sparkles, shiny things, glitter glue, sequins, rainbows and lights) so that it would really "stand out" and would be noticed when people walked in our room.

To help understand what Other People Matter looks and sounds likes, the Positivity Project has identified the following 5 behaviors to illustrate the mindset:
  • Identifying and appreciating the good in others
  • Supporting others when they struggle
  • Being present and giving others our attention
  • Cheering their successes
  • Knowing that our words and actions affect others
We spent time exploring each one through literature, discussions, puppet plays and real life classroom examples.  I made posters for our classroom in simple kinder language.

I'm beginning to see the Other People Matter language show up in our interactions with one another.  When the child on the right was chosen to take down the attendance, the child on the left said,"Good job!" (We cheer for others!)

At bus time, when I was putting away markers, a child walked over and began to pitch in (We help others!) and said, "I feel like I'm doing other people matter."

If you are interested in bringing the Positivity Project to your school, click the link to find resources and contact information!

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Encouraging Positive Talk

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Our school year got off to a "positive" start as we introduced the Positivity Project emblem that we now proudly display as one of their partner schools!

As we looked closely at the symbol, I quickly realized I would need to help the children understand what the word "positive" meant.  We were reading The Little Engine That Could that week, so we began to explore positive talk and negative talk through the pages of the book.

I invited the children to give a thumbs up when they heard the engines use "positive talk" and a thumbs down when they heard "negative talk." This worked well and we applied this same strategy to  other read alouds including Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell.  

I hope your year got off to a positive start as well!

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The Positivity Project

Sunday, 13 August 2017

If you read one post, I hope that it will be this one because I want to tell you about a really amazing program called The Positivity Project.

Their tagline is "Other People Matter!"

Simple, Powerful, To the Point!

Imagine if children heard this at least once every day for the entire school year. Imagine if they continued to hear it in first grade, second grade, third grade and so on.  Imagine if it became part of the running loop that ran through their head for the rest of their lives.  Pretty powerful stuff!

But wait, there's more!

The Positivity Project teaches 24 character strengths that children come to understand, engage with, and reflect upon with the aim of helping them identify their top strengths.  Imagine if all of your students left your class knowing what they did well.  Not just with academics.  Not just with sports.  Their own individual strengths that help them be the best version of themselves.

But wait, there's more!

With The Positivity Project, children don't just learn how to identify strengths within themselves, they also learn to recognize them in others.  This contributes to their ability to form and maintain good relationships.  Recognizing a strength in someone else, also helps children know what that strength looks and sounds like in case it is an area they want to improve upon.

But wait, there's more!

School staff begin by taking a character survey at Viacharacter.org to find out their own strengths.  They begin to look at their colleagues with new eyes as they come to recognize and value each person's contribution to their school community.

But wait, there's more!

The Positivity Project is a nonforprofit organization that does not charge schools to partner with them.  All materials are free!  They believe character is too important for schools to be forced into budgetary decisions between character education or other important initiatives.

My school is beginning the Positivity Project in September and we are fired up and ready to get started!  We've heard the testimonials from teachers from neighboring districts and even from the children of a teacher in our building who attends a Positivity Project school.  Find out what the kids had to say here!

Want to know more about P2, as it is affectionately called (I'm sure you can guess why they didn't double the P), click on the links above or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

And if you would like to know how I am implementing the program with kindergarten children, follow along by subscribing to the blog so you won't miss a post.  I plan to share ways in which we are helping children understand and internalize each character strength, along with how children, school staff and families are impacted.

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