You Matter!

Thanks, Angela, for a great talk. I’m glad the weather allowed you to get to the Tedx Talk in Des Moines. Here is Angela’s original post.

Now here we are in August, and a new school year starts on Tuesday. Angela’s video was a great one to watch before a room full of new students comes to my room.

Here are a few things I have done as a result:

  1. I just created my first “Noticing Notebook.”
  2. I’ve written my favorite angelamaierism on the board: “You are a genius, and the world expects your contribution!”
  3. Most importantly, my goal is to write it on their hearts this year by entrusting them with learning.

Our students are geniuses, and as we let go of the control of our classrooms and put their learning in their own capable hands, amazing things happen.

I can’t wait until Tuesday!

9 thoughts on “You Matter!

  1. YOU ARE A GENIUS my friend! I am so happy I had the chance to share your students genius with the world! Keep being amazing So very very proud of you!

  2. Thank you, Angela, for spreading significance! You started me on this journey last January. 🙂 It’s changed everything for me as an educator and learner.

  3. This is so inspirational! Angela is so inspirational and YOU are so inspirational. We should all start the year with the theme “YOU MATTER!”. Who doesn’t want to hear that?

    Thank you for sharing and a good reminder as I begin school this week.

  4. WOW! I’m jealous! You saw Angela’s talk live! WOWZA. I, too, have been inspired by her message. I have my Noticing Notebook ready to go!


  5. Hi Denise. My name is Kathleen Wilhelm and I am currently a Secondary Education major at the University of South Alabama. I am taking a class right now called EDM 310 (Here is my class blog link ). In this class, I am required to follow your blog and summarize your posts in my blog ( ) next week. If you have questions or comments please feel free to ask. (Twitter ID- KatRoseW)
    Thank you for sharing this video in your post. I found this to be a very helpful video that everyone should watch. I believe telling someone “you matter” would make the world so much better. Since I will be teaching either high school or middle school, I find it crucial to make students see that the world does need them and their “contribution.” All students should feel that they are all significant. I cannot wait to use what I have learned from this video in my future classroom. I hope your school year is going great so far!

    1. Hi Kathleen, welcome! Looking forward to connecting with you as you become stronger in the technology that will make you an even better English teacher. Have a great semester!


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