Woodman Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, has implemented the “Meaningful Jobs” program to help students build confidence and curb negative behavior.
The program assigns simple tasks to students, providing them with positive attention for their efforts.
The initiative aims to give students a sense of purpose and worth, and has been successful in fostering positive behavior. (Trending: Elon Musk Condemns Arrest Of Jan 6 Protester)
The program, based on the Meaningful Work intervention, has been tailored to meet the specific needs of individual students, and has shown positive results.
“We noticed there were a lot of kids who were attention-seeking or showing attention-seeking behaviors in the classroom,” said school psychologist Jamie Johnston.
“And we wanted to give them a positive role in the school where attention could be given for positive behavior, that they could give back to the school and feel like a part of the community.”
“In picking students for Meaningful Jobs, we look at the student, their history, and their current needs,” Johnston said.
The approach is supported by research and is aligned with the idea that children who perform chores tend to have higher self-esteem and are more responsible.
“These skills can lead to greater success in school, work, and relationships,” the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s website says.