Every kid needs a champion!


Words can change lives.

Never underestimate the significance

of the right words at the right time.

It takes a few seconds to transforms lives, and it costs nothing.” – Angela Maiers

Be the teacher that makes a difference!

1af70-connectedlearnersstudentsThinking back we have all had at least one. Thinking back it was never only about content. Thinking back it is mostly about relationships.

There is an ongoing campaign on social media these days. And it is all about relationships, connecting and caring about people around you. For teachers, it is all about the students. Without these connections, there is little learning. I’m looking at Angela Maiers’ Choose2Matter and Genius program. I think it is what we need in our schools. Forget the tests and the grades for a second. Build on those relationships. I guarantee it is not only the students who will profit from that.

Liberating Genius in the Classroom: The First 20 Days

Four years ago, we imagined a classroom where passion-driven work was the norm; one in which students were invited and expected to experiment with ideas, discover possibilities, and make epic things happen. This dream is now a reality. When we create a time and space for our students to strive audaciously and connect and collaborate with others, their genius is liberated, and learning, lives and worlds change. Sign up to receive the free e-book.  click here to download your Liberating Genius Notebook into your account. From the Liberating Genious website. 

James Comer says that no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. George Washington Carver says all learning is understanding relationships. Everyone in this room has been affected by a teacher or an adult. For years, I have watched people teach. I have looked at the best and I’ve looked at some of the worst.

Teaching and learning should bring joy. How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion? Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Is this job tough? You betcha. Oh God, you betcha. But it is not impossible. We can do this. We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference. Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years,

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