Project Wisdom is a character education program used by thousands of schools, including Harding Middle School. This year, we added Project Wisdom to our environment here at Horace Mann as part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) system…and we love it!
There are several components to Project Wisdom, all working together to teach about, practice, and encourage good character traits. First, there are monthly themes that help establish a “virtue vocabulary” and provide a focal point for the month. You may have noticed the monthly themes posted on our outdoor sign. The theme for January is, “Lemons or Lemonade?”
There is also a daily broadcast message on the Morning News with “Words of Wisdom.” These messages are read by 5th graders or adults and encourage everyone to do and be their best. Each message uses a quote by a wise person to provide something to think about, and also reminds students “to be kind, be responsible and be the best you can be.”
Finally, classroom character lessons, based on a piece of children’s literature, are taught in each grade level one time each month. Then, teachers revisit the topic of the lesson with a follow up discussion later in the month in order to keep it present in students’ minds.
At Horace Mann, believe in educating the whole child, and that every child deserves the best every day. By using Project Wisdom in our school, we have great tools to help us teach and encourage students to develop strong character. Thank you for your valued support of this important program!
Dr. Merritt F. Waters