Positivity Project (P2)

Empowering Students to Build Positive Relationships

 What is Positivity Project?

The vision of the Positivity Project at Aldrin ES is to create citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country by internalizing the belief that “Other People Matter.”

The Positivity Project (P2) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering students to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify character strengths in us all.  The movement is based on the tenets of Positive Psychology.

The Positivity Project aims to reach 2,000 schools and 1 million students nationwide by 2022.

Every one to two weeks, our students learn about a new character strength. By leveraging Positivity Project resources, provided free of cost, teachers use approximately 10-15 minutes per day to lead a discussion about that week’s strength. Teachers are equipped with resources but encouraged to tailor daily character education to their students’ unique needs.

Teachers are given resources and training on the 24 character strengths. 

2021-2022 Calendar

September 5-11

OPM2 - Other People's Mindset

September 12-18

Curiosity

Being curious means you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything. 

Curiosity Quote: "Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those that are merely going through the motions." -Tom Robins

Curiosity Questions:

  1. Why is it important to be curious?
  2. How can curiosity help you to get to know people better?
  3. List some things or people you would like to learn more about. How can you use curiosity to learn more about them?

September 19-25

Teamwork

Having the character strength of teamwork means you work well as a member of a group or a team. You are loyal and sacrifice your desires for the greater good. 

Teamwork Quote: "I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things." -Mother Theresa

Teamwork Questions:

  1. How does building relationships with others help build a stronger team?
  2. Why is teamwork important?
  3. Can you name a time that you faced a challenge alone that you would have benefitted from using teamwork instead?
  4. How do families use teamwork?

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYxewfHuzCo&feature=emb_title

2012 National Sportsmanship Awards - Lee Gibson and Colorado Academy - YouTube

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September 26 - October 1

Open-Mindedness

Being open-minded means you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don't jump to conclusions.

Open-Mindedness Quotes:

  • "Keep an open mind; it's the only way new things can get in." -Colleen Hoover
  • "If you don't go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors." -Mark W. Perrett

Open-Mindedness Questions:

  1. What are some ways that you can have an open mind when playing with friends?
  2. Why is it sometimes hard to have an open mind about new things?
  3. Why is it important to be open-minded?
  4. How can being open-minded help strengthen your friendships?
  5. What is something new that you would like to try or experience?

Open-Mindedness Videos: 

https://youtu.be/H8xYJ2kst1E

https://youtu.be/r172Mb8h5Zw

October 3-9

OPM2 - Being present and giving others attention

Being present means having your focus, attention, thoughts, and feelings all fixed on the task at hand. You can show others that you are giving them your attention by looking at them, listening to them, and answering their questions. Being present also means that you are enjoying the moment you are in and aren't worrying or thinking about other things at that time. 

Being Present Quote: "Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention." -Unknown

Being Present Questions:

  1. What is being present, and what is mindfulness
  2. Why is it important to be present in other people's lives?
  3. Can you think of someone who has been present in your life and has made a difference in your life?

October 10-16

Integrity

Integrity means being honest and speaking the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely. 

Integrity Quotes: 

  • "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." --C.S. Lewis
  • "Whoever is careless about the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." --Albert Einstein

Integrity Questions:

  1. What do you do and say that shows integrity?
  2. Is it always easy to show integrity?
  3. How can a lack of integrity hurt others?
  4. How is showing integrity important to building relationships?
  5. How do you show integrity in your life?

Integrity Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbj7YOtEaxk&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOhn6eO3Wds&feature=emb_logo

October 17-23

Forgiveness

Being forgiving means you forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes. 

Forgiveness Quote: "When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future." -Bernard Meltzer

Forgiveness Questions:

  1. Do you think it's okay to struggle with forgiveness? Why or why not?
  2. Should you forgive someone even if they don't apologize?
  3. How does it feel to forgive someone? Why is it important?
  4. What are some ways that you can show forgiveness?

Forgiveness Videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM1sfYKeRtE&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndvt89ybSSE&feature=emb_logo       

October 24-30

Creativity   

This coming week, students will be learning about and having discussions regarding the P2 character strength of Creativity in class. The following is an explanation, quote, and some questions about creativity that you can discuss with your child at home!

Creativity means you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Creativity Quote: 

  • "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe
  • "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -Maya Angelou

 

Creativity Questions:

  1. How do you show creativity?
  2. If you could invent something, what would you invent?
  3. What are some things you can say to help encourage someone who is practicing creativity?
  4. Why is it important to challenge yourself in new ways?
  5. What can you do to help encourage creativity in others around you?

Creativity Videos:

https://youtu.be/nFA6JSrzV6k

https://youtu.be/R_ScbXFwGBE

October 31 - November 6

Perspective

Having perspective means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You can understand the world from multiple points of view.

Perspective Quotes: 

  • "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -Henry David Thoreau
  • "The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them." -Paulo Coelho

Perspective Questions:

  1. If you could be an animal what would you be? How would your perspective of the world be different if you were this animal?
  2. Is it okay to have a different perspective on something than a friend?
  3. How can a team or group of people benefit by using their different perspectives when solving a problem or working to accomplish a goal?
  4. Is it equally important to understand someone else's perspective as it is to understand your perspective? Why or why not?
  5. Perspective Videos:

    https://youtu.be/d0_lMmFdu4o

    https://youtu.be/HQTUWK7CM-Y

November 7-13

Bravery

Being brave means you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when things are difficult or scary. 

Bravery Quotes: 

  • "Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing." -Emma Donoghue
  • "I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who is not afraid, but he who conquers that fear." -Nelson Mandela

Bravery Questions:

  1. What is something that makes you feel scared or nervous?
  2. Name a time when you, or someone you know, showed bravery. How did the person feel?
  3. Trying something new can be scary, and that's okay. What does your body feel like when you are not yet ready to try something new? What does your body feel like when you are ready to try something new?
  4. How do you, or someone you know, show everyday bravery?
  5. How can bravery impact a group of people?

Bravery Videos:

https://youtu.be/lzJV7k-LiC4

https://youtu.be/buCd72C1oGA

November 14-27

Gratitude | Gratitude Family Resources

Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Gratitude Quotes: 

  • "Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms." -Alyssa Knight
  • "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart, not the mind." - Lionel Hampton
  1.  What are some things, people, or places that make you happy?
  2. How does it make you feel when you recognize the things around you that make you happy?
  3. What is one way that you can show gratitude every day?
  4. Why is gratitude important?
  5. How does gratitude impact our relationships?
  6. What are five things that you are grateful for?

Gratitude Videos:

https://youtu.be/1Y5R8K7OKSo

https://youtu.be/bVycTYDd42M

November 28 - December 4

Kindness

Being kind means you are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people. 

Kindness Quotes: 

  • "Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud" -Maya Angelou
  • "Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless." -Mother Teresa

Kindness Questions:

  1. Why is it important to show kindness to others?
  2. What is one way that you can show kindness to others?
  3. How does being kind help you better understand others?
  4. Share a time when you were kind to someone or someone was kind to you. How did it make you feel?
  5. What are some ways that you can encourage kindness in your community?

 

Kindness Videos:

https://youtu.be/Wd3xi4JD_5M

https://youtu.be/zcruIov45bI

December 5-11

OPM - Knowing my words & actions affect others

Knowing how your words and actions affect others means remembering that how we act and what we say impact the people around us. It's important to stop and think so that we can have a positive impact on the world!

Words and Actions Quote: "There is power in words, be careful how you use them." - Toni Payne

Words and Actions Questions:

  1. In what ways can we impact other people's lives?
  2. How can words and actions impact other people?
  3. Can you think of a time when someone's actions positively affected you?

Words and Actions Video:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XQizTgtPwK05dA-d1kCJ7PI1Lnd5CYtv/view?usp=sharing

December 12-18

Self-Control   

Having self-control means you can control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act. 

Self-Control Quotes: 

  • "If you learn self-control, you can master anything." -Anonymous
  • "You cannot control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." -Maya Angelou

Self-Control Questions:

  1. How do you use self-control when things don't go your way?
  2. What do you think would happen if no one showed self-control?
  3. What are some strategies you can use to help you practice self-control?
  4. Why is it important to have self-control, especially when you may be feeling upset about something?
  5. What examples have you seen of other people using self-control?

Self-Control Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8M7Xzjy_m8&feature=emb_logo

https://youtu.be/26Y6wCofSgo 

January 2-8

Optimism

Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

Optimism Quotes: 

  • "You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down." - Charlie Chaplin
  • "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." - Desmond Tutu
  1.  Why is it important to talk to yourself positively?
  2. How can positive talk also help your friends around you?
  3. What are some examples of a time when you, or someone around you, showed optimism?
  4. Optimism can shift your perspective. What is something in your life that could benefit from a more optimistic perspective?
  5. How can it positively impact you to have optimism? How can it sometimes be difficult to have optimism?
  6. What are some words or phrases you can use when you want to be more optimistic or spread your optimism to others?

Optimism Videos:

https://youtu.be/VltF-L7nOPA

https://youtu.be/KFZaCHJCkyc

 

January 9-15

Prudence

Prudence means you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices. 

Prudence Quotes: 

  • "The choices we make are ultimately our responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "Life is all about making choices. Always do your best to make the right ones, and always do your best to learn from the wrong ones." - Unknown

Prudence Questions:

  1. How do your choices affect you? How do your choices affect others?
  2. How does making careful choices help you to achieve your goals?
  3. What can you do to encourage others to show prudence?
  4. What short-term goals will you need to achieve to work towards one of your larger goals?
  5. What might distract you from achieving your goal and how can you deflect that?

Prudence Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaI0-ePvbxo&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P3HGdZBzRY&feature=emb_logo

January 16-22

Wildcard/Make-Up/Review (only 3 days of school, MLK Day)

January 23-29

OPM - Supporting others when they struggle

While this is not a specific character trait, it is an important concept for students to learn how to fully embrace other people's mindsets. 

Supporting others when they struggle means that when others are having a hard time, we are there to support them, listen to them, and cheer them on!

Supporting Others Quotes: 

  • "Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change." - Bob Kerrey
  • "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
  • "Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person." - Unknown

Supporting Others Questions:

  1. What are some ways that you can support others when they struggle?
  2. Why is it important to support others?
  3. What character strengths are involved in supporting others when they struggle, and why?

Supporting Others Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTsvSAItPqA&feature=emb_logo

January 30 - February 5

Perseverance

Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

Perseverance Quotes: 

  • "If at first, you don't succeed, try, try, again." - William Edward Hickson
  • "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie
  • "I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." - Jose N. Harris
  • "Succes is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele

Perseverance Questions:

  1. It can be hard to learn something new. What is something that you worked hard to learn?
  2. What are some ways that you can push yourself to persevere when faced with a challenge?
  3. How can you encourage others to show perseverance?
  4. In what ways do you show perseverance in your own life?

Perseverance Videos:

 

https://youtu.be/zS_-mYMzxaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz9TpVRy8aM

 

February 6-12

Humility/Modesty   

Humility means you do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves. 

Humility Quotes: 

  • "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less." -- C.S. Lewis
  • "Every person that you meet knows something that you don't; learn from them." -- H. Jackson Brown Jr. 

Humility Questions:

  1. How do you show humility?
  2. How does it feel when someone doesn't show humility?
  3. Humility is shown in lots of different ways, sometimes by understanding that everyone makes mistakes. Why is this important to remember for yourself and others?
  4. How could humility impact your life?

Humility Videos:

 

https://youtu.be/dR5KEnykwBw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=givok0HNEeI

 

February 13-19

Love

Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people. 

Love Quotes: 

  • "You always gain by giving love." --Reese Witherspoon
  • "Love is the absence of judgment" --Dalai Lama
  • "A friend is someone who helps you up when you're down, and if they can't, they lay down beside you and listen." -Winnie the Pooh
  • "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdle, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." -Maya Angelou

Love Questions:

  1. What are some ways that you show love to other people?
  2. How does it make you feel when others show love to you?
  3. Why is it important to show love to others?
  4. What examples of love have you experienced in your life?
  5. What are some ways that you can show love to yourself? Why is this important?

Love Videos:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOKwuyF5hek

https://youtu.be/dHXVvD4FFas

 

February 20-26

OPM2 - Cheering others' success

Cheering on others' success means that we can be happy for other people and celebrate their successes as they happen.

Cheer Successes Quotes: 

  • “Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” - Helen Keller

Cheer Successes Questions:

  1. What does cheering for others mean to you?
  2. How does it feel to cheer for others' success?
  3. Why can it sometimes be difficult to cheer for others' success?
  4. How does cheering show the other people's mindset?

Cheer Successes Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8cC2CaNwA&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA78B-MeH68

February 27 - March 5

Enthusiasm 

Enthusiasm means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

Enthusiasm Quotes: 

  • "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Knowledge is power but enthusiasm pulls the switch." -- Ivern Ball

Enthusiasm Questions:

  1. How does enthusiasm make a difference in your life?
  2. If enthusiasm is contagious, can negativity be contagious too?
  3. How can enthusiasm help people in a difficult situation?
  4. Is it okay to not be enthusiastic all of the time?
  5. Is enthusiasm important for leaders to have? Why or why not?

Enthusiasm Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em5SSa-IVUU&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Tfer9FIys&feature=emb_logo

March 6 - 12

Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence means you are aware of other people's thoughts and feelings and you understand why they do things. 

Social Intelligence Quotes: 

  • "If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours." -Dolly Parton
  • "If you are tuned out of your emotions, you will be poor at reading them in other people." -Daniel Goleman
  • "When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." -Ernest Hemingway

Social Intelligence Questions:

  1. What are some ways you can tell how another person is feeling?
  2. Does social intelligence help you be a better friend? Does it help you in other relationships?
  3. How does listening make you more socially intelligent?
  4. How do our own experiences help us to understand the feelings of others?

Social Intelligence Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdhjztWMnVw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ejh_hb15Fc

March 13 - 19

Love of Learning

Love of Learning means you master new topics on your own or in school.

Love of Learning Quotes: 

  • "Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." -Chinese Proverb
  • "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." -Anthony J. D'Angelo

Love of Learning Questions:

  1. Why is important to learn new things?
  2. What are some things that you are interested in learning more about?
  3. How do you feel when you learn something new?
  4. What careers can you think of where it would be important to have a love of learning?

Love of Learning Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0OqjprIt6A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pcIc2zKWDQ

March 20 - 26

OPM2 - Identifying & appreciating the good in others 

Identifying and appreciating the good in others means that we work hard to identify and value others' strengths.

Identify Good In Others Quotes: 

  • "What makes me happy is the appreciation of people around me." -Nadia Comaneci
  • "Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of other people." -Karen Salmansohn

Identify Good In Others Questions:

  1. Why do you think taking the time to appreciate others is important?
  2. What are some ways you can show appreciation of others' strengths?
  3. What is an easy phrase you could adopt to show others that you appreciate them?

Identify Good In Others Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5yCOSHeYn4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or0vhVHuIu8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtI0wSh4Kes

March 27 - April 2

Humor

Humor means you like to laugh and bring smiles to other people. 

Humor Quotes: 

  • "Laughter is an instant vacation." -Milton Berle
  • "Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival." -Aung San Suu Kyi

Humor Questions:

  1. How does laughter help people feel better?
  2. What do you think the world would look like without humor?
  3. How does humor impact relationships between people?
  4. How have you, or someone else, used humor in your own life? What was the result?
  5. How does laughter help with healing?

Humor Videos:

https://youtu.be/rLVwKpyUwWI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd4Lu-xI7Tc

 

April 3-9

Spring Break

April 10 - 16

Fairness

Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect. 

Fairness Quotes: 

  • "Sharing is caring, but it also reduces the burden and doubles the happiness." -- Faiza Matloob
  • "It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Fairness Questions:

  1. Why is it important to share?
  2. What is something that you don't like to share?
  3. How do you practice fairness in your life?
  4. How does fairness spread to other people?
  5. What can you do if you witness something happening that is unfair?

Fairness Videos:

https://youtu.be/P0KjD0x0oVU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mHjvFpsjLk&t=1s

April 17 - 23

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence means you notice and value the world's beauty and people's skills. You don't take things for granted. 

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Quotes: 

  • "At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough." -- Toni Morrison
  • "Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." -- Voltaire

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Questions:

  1. Can you name one thing in nature that you appreciate as beautiful and/or excellent?
  2. How do you feel when you notice the excellence in things and people around you?
  3. Why do you think it might be important to take time each day to appreciate the people and things around you each day?
  4. How can it be beneficial to appreciate the people and things around you?

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Videos:

https://youtu.be/ZGwK5x4nzQw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQyn4cAklIY

 

April 24 - 30

Purpose

Purpose means you have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life's purpose. You seek to be a part of something greater than yourself. 

Purpose Quotes: 

  • "Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others." -Kallam Anji Reddy
  • "Align your personality with your purpose and no one can touch you." -Oprah Winfrey

Purpose Questions:

  1. Why is it important to think about our purpose?
  2. Do you believe we can have more than one purpose?
  3. What are some ways that you can contribute to your community?
  4. How can a negative experience help you grow and find your purpose?
  5. Have you ever volunteered before? If not, think about one way that you could volunteer in your school or community.
  6. Purpose can help you to achieve your goals. What is one goal that you have for yourself? It could be something that you want to accomplish now or in the future.

Purpose Videos:

https://youtu.be/jUyEXy1hlV8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZHtn4_Xtgc

 

May 1 - 7

Leadership  

 

Leadership Quotes:

  • "Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody." -Kid President
  • "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." -Lao Tzu

 

Leadership Questions:

  1. What are some examples of leaders in your life?
  2. What are some qualities that are important for a leader to have?
  3. There are lots of different ways to show leadership. What is one way that you show leadership?
  4. What impact does leadership have when people work together to accomplish a goal?
  5.  

Leadership Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6vnEvRNa54

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pRLUta7QCY

May 8  - 14

OPM2 - Other People Mindset

Having an other people mindset means that you identify and appreciate the good in others, you know that your words and actions affect others, you support others when they struggle, you cheer on others’ successes, and you are present and give others your attention.

#OPM Outro Week Quotes: 

  • "See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see." -Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • "A single act of kindness throws our roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart

#OPM Outro Week Questions:

  1. What are some ways that you have shown the Other People Mindset this year?
  2. Why is showing the Other People Mindset so important?
  3. What was your favorite character strength to learn about and why?

#OPM Outro Week Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5-EwrhsMzY

https://youtu.be/AEc2W8JVuRw

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