In a world where education is dominated by high stakes testing and teacher effectiveness frameworks, it is good to be reminded of what matters most.
Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers on Twitter) reminds her students of this when she tells them that they are geniuses and that the world needs their contributions. (You can watch her TEDx talk about her “You Matter” campaign here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FHdHUzRnms)
Curt Rees phrased it a little differently this week on Twitter, but the idea is still the same.
— Curt Rees (@CurtRees) February 28, 2014
Hank Fortener from Mosaic LA phrased it this way: “people matter most.” In the classroom, we can modify it a bit: students matter most–more than curriculum, more than standardized tests, more than systems of discipline–students matter most.
My challenge for this week is to find those students who don’t hear on a daily basis that they matter–those students who sit quietly in the classroom hiding in plain sight–those students who act as if they would rather not be noticed. It is those students who most need to hear that they matter. Join me this week in letting all of your students know that they matter most and making sure that those hidden in plain sight hear that message.