Positivity Project (P2)
What is The Positivity Project?
The Positivity Project (P2) is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. Their vision is to help schools and families cultivate citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country. Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as its foundation. Positive psychology teaches that people have all 24 strengths within them and that character is not just skills or behaviors, but rather an intrinsic part of each of us.
The P2 project will help Woodridge 68 staff instill vocabulary and the meaning of the strengths through explicit teaching of each strength for 15 minutes per day. Woodridge 68 teachers will dedicate one week to each strength to help students understand them through definition, examples, discussions, and exercises. Strengths included in the P2 program include curiosity, teamwork, open-mindness, forgiveness, creativity, perspective, bravery, gratitude, and many more.
What are the benefits of implementing The Positivity Project?
P2 ideals evolve throughout a student’s whole school career. The 24 character strengths develop and gain more meaning for students as they grow. Once students learn the meaning of each strength and what it looks like, they can then be embedded into the curriculum in every subject area. The character strengths become a part of a common vocabulary and they will see them in everything that they do.
P2 empowers students by acknowledging that the 24 character strengths are already a part of who they are as people. It helps them to realize that each and every one of them have these strengths. There is no system in place to reward students who demonstrate “Good Character.” Rewards are fun to earn but they are finite because they are external. We want children to internalize the traits that society honors. Acknowledgement to oneself and realizing that you have the power to affect others in a positive way is much more meaningful and rewarding.
How can you help as a parent/guardian?
We would like for Woodridge 68 families to take an active role in your child’s social emotional learning and character development. By using the character strengths vocabulary and having discussions about the concepts, you will help your child understand the character in themselves and others in a different light.
Please click on the link below to access P2 family resources. The password is P2.