Do your students genuinely believe in themselves?
Do your students understand that regardless of their age, language, culture, home address, or skin colour, they have valuable talents and skills that the world truly needs?
Do your students understand that their own personal story is their gift to the world?
Every single child has a different and unique perspective on their community and the future of Canada, and IT MATTERS that they share them! What if the one thing they know is a critical piece to the puzzle of figuring out how to make something better, and they never share it?
….. Do your students think they have nothing at all important to share? Show them this little video to begin:
“OBVIOUS TO YOU, AMAZING TO OTHERS” by Derek Sivers
Everybody is a genius. But it you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
We believe very strongly in helping children discover their own genius, skills, and talents, AND the empowerment that comes from using them.
The first activity section below deals with exactly this.
We have been incredibly lucky to connect with Angela Maiers, renowned educator, international speaker, creator of the global ChooseToMatter movement for kids of all ages (You Are A Genius and the World Needs your Contribution) and author of the Passion Driven Classroom, Classroom Habitudes, and Genius Matters.
Because she believes so passionately in helping Canadian children discover their own personal gifts, value, and voice, Angela is giving free access to her activities to every participating class in this project.
GENIUS MATTERS – A Framework for Epic Transformation © Angela Maiers
ACTIVITIES for STUDENTS
© Angela Maiers, shared by permission (JK-5, adaptable to 8)
- 1 My Passion, My Heart: Heart Mapping
- 2 Proud to be Me
- 3 What is my Genius?
- 4 The World needs your contribution NOW