Mattering refers to the “feeling that one counts and makes a difference in another person’s life (…)” (Demir, Ozen, Dogan, Bilyk & Tyrell, 2010, p. 985).  A student’s sense of mattering is tied to how they feel about themselves; their self-confidence, self-esteem, and whether they believe they have an impact on others and their world around them. These practices can help students to feel valued and special.

Testimonials From the Field-Test

Benefits for Educators:

Benefits for Students:


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Purpose: To help students to know they are special and that they matter and belong within the classroom; 

Daily Greetings

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Purpose: To acknowledge and welcome students and show them that they are valued, to celebrate diversity and uniqueness, and to model the importance of taking time for relationship building at school.

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Purpose: To help build a rapport and a relationship between educator and student, and to let the student see that he is genuinely cared about as a person.

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