The Promoting Alternate Thinking Strategies Program (PATHS) provides teachers with systematic, developmentally appropriate lessons to help their students develop better thinking skills, more mature and responsible ways of behaving, and to support improved academic performance.
Some goals of the PATHS curriculum are to:
- Increase children’s abilities to think and solve problems for themselves
- Increase children’s abilities to use their thinking skills to act responsibly and maturely
- Improve children’s understanding of themselves and others
- Improving children’s feelings about themselves (improving self-esteem)
- Increasing children’s abilities to learn more effectively in the classroom environment
PATHS is part of our daily program, as every class has a PATHS kid each day. The PATHS kid has a range of responsibilities depending on how their role has been described by their class. The PATHS kid also receives compliments at the end of the day – this helps students to practice giving and receiving compliments, and builds self-esteem.