What Went Right Today? Let’s Write Our Own Narrative. #BreaktheCode


In many schools, the core conversation practically defaults to “What went wrong today?”

When any of the many things that can go wrong does go wrong, it’s all that everyone in the school community wants to talk about. This is why our system is so risk averse.

Where has this gotten us? Sure, we hear about sports championships, or award-winning artists or musicians, or students who get into competitive colleges, but most of the news flow is negative. Part of this is due to a news media and a public that likes to feel outrage. But the main reason for the negative bent of many stories about education is the reticence of educators to crow about all the good that is happening in schools.

This must stop, right here, right now.

It is time for us to shout from the rooftop the brilliant work our fellow educators are doing. It is not in the nature of most educators to boast about themselves – but we can boast about our colleagues. So I want you to ask yourself at the end of each and every day in the school calendar: “What Went Right Today?” When you find the answer, share it with everyone who will listen.

The Bammy Awards was launched in 2012 to counteract the relentless negative press about the US education system. It celebrates all that is good about educators, by giving awards to educators in dozens of categories, from administrators to teachers to staff to parents and students.

It wants to shine an even  wider spotlight on all that is good in our schools today, and it has published the above video to encourage nominations for The 2015 Bammy Awards. Anyone can nominate any member of our education community. There isn’t one among us who can’t think of a single member of the education community who has made a profound difference in our lives.

Nominate that person for a Bammy Award – today.


Writing that is WOW – Worthy of the World

Any regular reader of this blog knows how much I value good writing. My own personal statement begins “educator, author…” As I wrote in an article for the Huffington Post, I am an author not because of any particular skill or experience that I have, but rather because I CHOOSE TO WRITE. Every single day,… Continue Reading

Resources Shared at #NSBAConf & Product Updates

I had the honor of speaking at #NSBAConf in Nashville this weekend. Below you will find the resources I shared and ways to keep abreast of our new product introductions and other developments from me and from Choose2Matter. I look forward to continuing the conversation! Angela Maiers: To learn about new developments, appearances and product releases,… Continue Reading

Remind Introduces Chat Feature

My passion for groundbreaking technologies in classrooms is constantly fueled by new innovations I see teachers using. Most often, the technology that has the greatest impact is the kind that makes you think, “Well, duh. Why didn’t I think of that?” That’s exactly how I felt looking at a new feature from Remind. If you… Continue Reading

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

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