“Only by changing education can we change the world.”

– Pope Francis

In the Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Members of the “Gravissimun Educationis” of June 25, 2018, we are reminded that, “only by changing education can we change the world.” This hopeful belief in education to inspire youth and determine the future illustrates attributes of the Futuristic theme.

Futuristic is a strategic thinking theme. Individuals with the Futuristic theme helps others to understand what’s to come because they constantly imagine possibilities and inspire others to dream along with them. Because they are energized by eventuality, the Futuristic person can minimize ambiguity and anxiety about what is to come. They are, most often, clear about the details and what it will take to achieve their vision.

In the school, Futuristic staff members can be counted on to use data to plan for the future, develop new curriculum, sit on planning committees, and use technology and other resources in meaningful ways. There optimism and joy in doing so helps to encourage colleagues to do the same.

Students whose strength is Futuristic might need assistance to develop patience since their goal setting and ‘get it done’ nature can lead to difficulty in group tasks when others don’t keep up or meet their commitments. Helping Futuristic students to talk about the future and communicate what they see by building vocabulary for their vision and understanding will assist them to know how to deliver their ideas and messages effectively.

When you need someone to help create change for the better, involve someone Futuristic!

Gratitude, Love, and Hope: Hallmarks of Positivity

Source: Brené Brown, TGIF, May3, 2019

Positivity is a Relationship Building theme. Imagine someone you know that is optimistic, grateful, loving, and hopeful. Chances are that Positivity might be among their top strengths. This ability to see the bright side is usually accompanied by sincere gratitude and faith in God’s plan for us. These are the people that you want to know and have available when you’re struggling. Their spirit is infectious!

Last week, I wrote about Belief. The Belief theme roots us in purpose because of our values. The Positivity theme roots us in joy because of gratitude. In the classroom, this optimistic spirit encourages everyone. Teachers are fun loving and celebrate accomplishments regardless of size. They attract others to them. Students thrive because the focus is on possibilities rather than problems. This creates an atmosphere of courage, confidence, and risk-taking that, in turn, translates to joy and excitement for learning.

Those with Positivity as a dominant theme know that they can have a positive effect on others. They are instrumental on our teams and in our parishes because they help others rise above frustration. They can be counted on to acknowledge and affirm others. Their gratitude toward others helps everyone to focus on the good. You can count on them to always be ready with a positive story, joke, or note of appreciation.

Positive people are sometime perceived by others as naive, overly optimistic, or even insincere. When working with students to understand and apply their strengths, be certain to help them develop effective communication skills such as attentive listening, on-topic responses, clear feedback, and body language that indicates sincerity because, when combined with their energy, the individual with Positivity will help everyone to feel more excited and vital.