ERIC Number: ED321223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-11
Every Child Is a V.I.P.: A Schoolwide Program to Build Self- Esteem.
Gemmer, Thomas C.
Many forces work to undermine the self-esteem and attitude toward school of an elementary school student. A program to reverse this trend, the V.I.P. (Very Important Person) Program, was undertaken in a Florida elementary school. For the counselor this program provides contact with every student, positive communications with parents, and a way to get teachers to focus on each student's good qualities. For the student this program provides some unconditional recognition from teachers and peers, a chance to be in the spotlight for non-academic reasons, and an opportunity to feel good about being in school. Each week all teachers choose a new V.I.P. from their class. The teachers fill out a Teacher Input Form about their student. The counselor meets with all chosen V.I.P.s, interviews them, takes their picture, has them draw a picture of their choice, and gives them a certificate of congratulations with a letter to their parents. Collected materials are displayed on the V.I.P. wall and V.I.P. students receive pins to wear as well as privileges determined by their teachers. It is hoped that in this way students get to know that everyone is a Very Important Person and that the positive qualities of each student deserve recognition. (Forms used in the program are included.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Association for Counseling and Development (40th, Kissimmee, FL, November 16-18, 1989).