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Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid. ~Albert Einstein
….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 and ask what it means:
“OBVIOUS TO YOU, AMAZING TO OTHERS” by Derek Sivers
We believe very strongly in helping children discover their own genius, skills, and talents, AND the empowerment that comes from using them.
The 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 (“You Are A Genius and the World Needs your Contribution”) for kids of all ages. Angela is also the 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.
Download: Genius Matters: A Framework for Epic Transformation © Angela Maiers, shared by permission of the author (JK-5, adaptable to 8)
INCLUDES STUDENT ACTVITIES such as
(click to download)
- 1 My Passion, My Heart: Heart Mapping
- 2 Proud to be Me
- 3 What is my Genius?
- 4 The World needs your contribution NOW!
We’re hoping you will try out these with your students, comment on their usefulness, and add any modifications needed to make them more effective for others. What lessons are you using to teach students about their own personal value in this crazy world?
We welcome your contributions!