THE PAWS PREMISE
A positive attitude, more than skills or intelligence, is the central element in determining success. PAWS is developed around this theme and includes the following four basic, research-supported beliefs:
- A strong, positive relationship exists between self-concept and achievement.
- A positive self-concept is learned and, therefore, it can be taught.
- Children must experience success in order to develop and/or sustain a positive self-concept.
- A positive learning climate, including school, home and community, is crucial.