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:
- “Activities within this section help educators to get a sense of students’ emotional and physical states, which permits for proactive responses (includes relationship building and models positive social interactions).”
Benefits for Students:
- “Students have a feeling of being valued, belonging and being genuinely interesting to others.”
- “Students are recognized while having fun.”