As a young teacher, Angela Maiers had an epiphany: people need to matter. They need to be noticed, valued, and honored. Significance is even more important than success. Ever since, the You Matter message has been changing hearts, minds, and lives.

In a June 2011 talk at TEDxDesMoines titled You Matter, Angela spoke of how these two words can change minds and change lives, if we understand them and leverage them in the right way. This talk has been viewed 120,000+ times on YouTube and ignited a global movement.

People reacted powerfully to this call to action, undertaking awe-inspiring quests to address problems in our world. Choose2Matter was created in response to this breathtaking reaction. It is a powerful call to action that invites people to make mattering a way of life.

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Genius Hour Genius Hour

Much like Google does with its 20% Time, Genius Hour is one (or more) periods per week where students work on passion projects. After watching Daniel Pink speak in November 2011, Angela tweeted, “We need to have a Genius Hour in school.” This and other factors led to Genius Hour becoming a global education phenomenon, with thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students across the world participating.

Angela wondered:

  • What if we respected and trusted our students as Google does its engineers?
  • What would happen if students were given the time, resources and opportunity to pursue what they were most passionate about?
  • How would this impact student engagement and students’ perception of school?

Genius Hour is a chance for students to ask themselves What matters to me? What breaks my heart about the world today? The answers to those questions could point to their passion project.

Interested in learning more? Click here for more resources on using Genius Hour in your classroom.

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Thrively is a company that has partnered with us to help students find and explore their strengths and their passion.

Passion is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. I’m partnering with Thrively to make sure we provide passion access to parents, students, and teachers. Thrively is a strength-based enrichment platform that helps children understand their genius and find opportunities to apply that genius.

You can use Thrively in your classroom to:

  • Show your students their strengths & soft skills with their free 30 minute online questionnaire.
  • Introduce career ideas and show your students what it takes to pursue those pathways.
  • Encourage students to create a Digital Portfolio to track their memories and accomplishments throughout school. Come college application time, they’ll have a list of their achievements at the ready.
  • Access Sparks, a collection of websites that open within Thrively, so you can learn coding, read the news, see reading lists, and even go on a virtual field trip, all on one platform.
  • Recommend classes or camps that can help a student pursue a passion and stay engaged outside of school. You can also connect with their parents through the site, so parents can see their children’s Strength Profiles and your activity recommendations

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