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

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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 one of the most essential jobs we have as educators: helping each child become all he or she can be.  It’s an exciting and challenging task—and a terrifically rewarding one.

My challenge to my fourth graders from the beginning of the year: What is your genius? What is your contribution to the world?  How will you help others feel like “They Matter”? As each year starts, students and I have the opportunity of many “firsts.” Each student is creating his/her own “verse” on a daily basis.  The first few weeks of school have set the tone for the entire year. Continuing to build a relationship with each child is so important as teachers embark upon a journey of a new year.

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#YouMatter: Good For Your Heart, Good For Your Health

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Sign-up for my #YouMatter Class on Remind!

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“It’s only when I’m truly scared that I know I am being audacious enough.” #Choose2Matter

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Mattering IS the Agenda – a Toolkit for Transformation

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Choose2Matter LIVE at Downingtown STEM Academy

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Educators: Nominate Someone for the 2014 Bammy Award for Student Initiative

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Getting to the Heart of Collaboration

“Collaboration” has become a buzz word that we attach to any process that involves people working together. This is because we often use collaboration as a synonym for other buzz words that start with C: Cooperation, Communication and Coordination. In doing so, we miss the most critical element – value creation. Collaboration describes a process of… Continue Reading

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