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Let People Know They Matter


“We were created for significance and one of the most dangerous things that can happen to us as individuals, as organizations and as communities – is to get the feeling that we don’t matter.”  ~ Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers, who is an author, speaker, writer, and teacher, gave an inspiring speech at TEDxDesMoines in 2011 called “You Matter”.  It is about the power of noticing the positive impact of people, and of letting them know that you have noticed them.  It is also about recognizing ourselves as people who matter.

For teachers, these are both powerful messages.  We matter.  We make a difference in people’s lives every day.  And one way that we can make a positive difference is to communicate to our students how much they matter.

You can view Angela’s TEDx speech(embedded below) at this link:, or you can go here to read a transcript.

Her post on “The 12 Most Important Ways to Let People Know They Matter” is a wonderful reminder to all of us, not just those of us in the education profession.  It also includes a great video of some teenagers who were motivated by her TEDx speech to investigate the ways that they matter, and their Skype interview with Angela about their project.

This would make a great project for a Student Council or other after-school club.  I plan to see how my gifted students will respond to the question, “Why do I matter?”  I think that they will have some interesting answers!

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