Author Archives: Angela Maiers

Broke, Busted and Disgusted – Can We Spare Students This Fate?

Adam Carroll is a longtime friend and colleague from Des Moines who is dedicated to teaching people to be more financially literate. He has a campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to finalize his documentary about the student debt loan epidemic in America called Broke, Busted & Disgusted. Please consider donating! Financial literacy is an important topic… Continue Reading

Increase Learning By Securing Students’ Hearts

Image credit: atibodyphoto via A simple yet powerful way to let students know they matter is by using what I call the 2-5-2 method on a daily basis: Ask all teachers to greet each student by name as they enter the class, and then make a positive remark about several students in the first… Continue Reading

Make Room On Your Bookshelf!…

I recently had the pleasure of discussing the Habitude of curiosity, and its impact on education, with the wonderful Doug Rice.  Doug is an engaging writer and researcher who also records a podcast that explores learning and discovery across an array of disciplines.  You can listen to our conversation here. Doug also recently published The… Continue Reading

Download my free, new e-book: Passion Matters!

  Having authored seven books printed in the traditional way, I’ve decided it’s time for me to explore the brave new world of e-publishing. I have created a lot of evergreen content over the course of my career and am excited to find new ways to freshen it up and share it with you again…. Continue Reading

Persevere for Learning Power!

Years ago there was a man who was a writer.  He worked hard to make ends meet, he didn’t have much, and he lived in his car.  But this man believed in the stories he had to share.  He contacted publisher after publisher to see if they would publish his first children’s book.  Twenty-three publishers… Continue Reading

Self-Awareness: What Makes You…YOU?

As lifelong learners, our growth should never cease – least of all our growth in knowledge about ourselves.  Without fully knowing ourselves, self-acceptance and change are all the more difficult. Self-awareness provides us with a system of checks and balances that equips us to understand ourselves and to make conscious choices and deliberate decisions about… Continue Reading

Thinking Outside the Snow Storm: Innovative Ways We Still #Choose2Matter #C2M_EGHS

Good morning world changers! Mother nature decided we would not meet face-to-face today, but it is Game On! We will be choosing to matter all day long, by sharing our passions and genius with each other on Twitter and other social media outlets. Further, now we’re not limited to East Greenwich HS – snowed-in schools… Continue Reading

Jumping into Genius Hour — Guest Post by Tony Klein

In the midst of this frigid winter, my heart was warmed during a visit to Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District in northern Iowa.  The teachers and administrators there are extremely passionate and are ready for change in the classroom.  With the support of his colleagues, history teacher Tony Klein boldly made the leap to… Continue Reading

Hutto Geniuses Choose to Matter

What happens when students are encouraged to become leaders and change the world with their genius? They do it. On January 21st, I asked 6,000 students in Hutto, Texas to realize that they are geniuses whose contributions to the world are desperately needed.  With this spark igniting their hearts and minds, the students of Hutto… Continue Reading

Empowering Students through Heartbreak — Guest Post by Silvia Zanatta

Seventh grade teacher Silvia Zanatta recently shared with me the ways in which she and her students are engaging in the You Matter movement.  Through heartbreak mapping, memoir writing, and even slam poetry, Ms. Zanatta helps her students feel empowered to channel their genius and share it with the world.  Ms. Zanatta is definitely a… Continue Reading

Passion-Driven or Project-Driven: There is a Difference

This morning, I had the pleasure of joining, via Google Hangout, the Amplify team at FETC, where lots of passionate teachers and leaders are wondering how to bring passion into their classrooms and schools.  We started the conversation with a clear definition and distinction of how passion-driven learning is different from project-based learning. Take a… Continue Reading

A Daily Dose of Habitudes

As I wrote last May, Classroom Habitudes, published in 2008, is more popular now than ever, with book studies popping up every week and entire districts and even states full of teachers reading the book. To celebrate, we’ll be announcing an online course about the Habitudes next month, and we’ve launched this Facebook page that… Continue Reading

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