I've been following Angela Maiers on Twitter for a while now (@AngelaMaiers) and I know about the whole #youmatter craze. However, today I finally decided to watch her Ted Talk that was linked to the Skype in the Classroom lesson. I love positive people and positive thinking campaigns. (When I was in high school I started a "Learn to Love it" campaign. I wasn't able to share my idea with TOO many people, but in 2013, it may have taken off on twitter, who knows - at least I could have given it a hashtag!) Anyway, it doesn't surprise me that my day went in the following direction:
#1 - Watch Angela Maiers' Ted Talk (Here's the link if the video doesn't show up)
#2 - Tell everyone in my life who matters to me - exactly that.
#3 - Cry a little because I'm so lucky.
#4 - Reflect on my inner genius.
#5 - Write a "You're a Genius" letter to my future students.
(Page 1: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7eZ2YcxGzHhcHZUaG91YThlVkU/edit?usp=sharing)
#6 - Write a "You Matter" letter to my future students.
(Page 2: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7eZ2YcxGzHhcHZUaG91YThlVkU/edit?usp=sharing)
#7 - Write this blog challenging others to do the same (Steps #1-7 - You don't have to cry, but you might!)
If you haven't discovered Angela Maiers, today's the day. Follow her on Twitter, jump on the #youmatter bandwagon, write a letter to your future students and encourage others to do the same. And, finally, don't forget:
Lesson #11: "You Matter and You're a Genius"
Thank you Angela for inspiring so many, including me!