Author Archives: Angela Maiers

Let’s Close the Passion Gap

  Closing The Passion Gap from Angela Maiers In most conversations about education, there is one guest who is rarely invited to the table: Passion. You are far more likely to hear the words “assessment,” “standardize,” “common core” and “pedagogy” than you are to hear the word “passion.” There is a passion gap in education, and students… Continue Reading

Revealing Change

With most schools moving into a new term or near their halfway point, it’s a great time to make use of active reflection. One of the fundamental beliefs in my work is about the need to notice others and to use specific language to show others that they matter to you. The midpoint of the year is… Continue Reading

Resources Shared on #IAEdchat Feb 8, 2015

I have the honor of being a guest on Iowa Edchat tonight at 8 pm CST. It’s a live Google Hangout supplemented by Tweets on Twitter. I will discuss my work and Choose2Matter, and products and services that we have released, or are working on. Below you will find ways to keep abreast of all… Continue Reading

They do believe you, and they are listening. #YouMatter

When you tell people they matter, often you don’t know right away – or ever – if they believe you, or are listening at all. Sometimes, you start to feel that maybe you don’t matter. But know this: They DO Believe. They ARE Listening. You DO Matter. In some instances you learn later about the… Continue Reading

A Break to Ponder

The life of a teacher requires a big investment in the well-being of others. As a teacher, my drive to and from school every day was filled with scenes from the school day and thoughts about whether my students were truly learning. As those concerns grow throughout the year, they could crowd out some brain… Continue Reading

Neolithic Classroom Habitudes

This is a guest post from Debbie Stephens, a sixth grade teacher of reading and social studies at Woodward Academy, North campus, in College Park, GA.  People have always asked how in the world I could find the time to include Angela Maiers’ Classroom Habitudes in my lesson plans. I ask, “How can I not include… Continue Reading

Student Geniuses Stand Up in Grand Island

What happens when you ask genius to show up? It usually does, right on time. Two weeks ago, it showed up in droves. 2,300 high school students heard the Choose2Matter message that the world needs their genius. The leadership at Grand Island Senior High believes that students should see themselves as much more than the… Continue Reading

The Sandbox Manifesto

I honestly proclaim that everything I have learned about social media, I learned from children. Children have no ulterior motives; they play authentically and transparently. In doing so, they place profound lessons in front of us. How do I know this? From the many times I was privileged to visit with children in their most sacred… Continue Reading

How Do Schools Get Tech R.I.G.H.T.?

  Technology transforms the world in which we live. It can make the impossible possible and is the key to doing more with less. Yet many school leaders are apprehensive about bringing technology into their school, much the way the fellow in this clip fears one of his first sightings of snow: Those who fear technology don’t… Continue Reading

9 Essential Lessons For Changing the World

Schools have a standardized system and protocols in place for every aspect of student learning — except one: Schools have no system at all in place to teach students how to bring about change in the world. Few, if any, schools offer a set of lessons and practices that guides students through the process of how… Continue Reading

What Will Your Verse Be? – Guest Post by Monica Evon

The new school year is in full swing, and the jitters of the first couple weeks are subsiding. Students know which classes to go to when, and teachers are calling on students without glancing at the class roster (at least not too often). With procedures and protocols out of the way, I am reminded of… Continue Reading

EdTech Digest Awards: Nominations Open until Sept. 30!

Do you know someone who is exceptionally innovative in their approach to education? Is there an organization or product that is having a substantial impact on the way technology supports learning? Then it’s time to give them proper recognition! The EdTech Digest Awards recognize the people and products reshaping the way we learn. The awards… Continue Reading

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