Bringing Genius Hour To Your Classroom


A shout out to our friend, Brandy Wortinger for featuring Thrively on her blog and creating this awesome video showing how Thrively enables Genius Hour! Check Out Thrively for Genius Hour

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What is Strengths-Based Education?


Research confirms that a student’s success is driven by non-academic factors such as their character, parental support and the level of hope + engagement they feel within school. Districts and schools have generally addressed this by trying to implement point programs (ex. advisory, life skills classes, interventions) in the face of increasing accountability for student…

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My Future, My Way

Over two weeks this fall, Joanna Murray led students at Rancho Minerva Middle School in San Diego on an exploration of their strengths and career interests. Her “My Future, My Way” unit opened the eyes of students to exciting future careers.  Thrively represented 2 weeks of her digital discovery elective.  She has graciously offered her…

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Career Exploration Roadmap

A Career Exploration Roadmap Hi Thrively Community! My name is Jerry Blumengarten.   You many know me for my website, Cybrary Man, where I’ve curated over 20,000 relevant links for students, teachers, administrators & parents or because on Twitter as @cybraryman1 where I regularly share my resources on many of the chats.  I taught in the…

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Resources for Professional Development presenters


Thank you for considering Thrively for your upcoming PD! Thrively takes all the buzzwords going around – character education, social emotional learning, Genius Hour, strengths-based education, and more – and wraps them up into one easy-to-use platform. Now when your principal or administrator says “Come up with a plan for personalized learning,” you will have a…

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Strengths presentation ideas


This past week, team Thrively has had the honor of working with Rancho Minerva Middle School in Vista, CA. All students at Rancho Minerva are using Thrively to discover their strengths, celebrate them, and understand how they can wield these superpowers in real life. Part of their project will be to make a presentation about…

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The Great Pizza Debate


LinkedIn group discussions are tame by most social media standards.  Your average topic is cerebral and insightful, but not terribly provocative.  So imagine my surprise when my inbox became clogged with over 1,376 responses about using pizza as a motivational tool in the classroom.  Pizza. Here’s the question that ignited a firestorm of opinions…. Pizza…

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Embracing the swaps of back-to-school


Swapping: It’s the action that inevitably comes to mind when I think of back to school.  Swapping a beach bag for a book bag, swapping lazy morning routines for early wake up calls, swapping a refreshing afternoon popsicle for mom’s attempt at a “nutritious” break-time snack (read: carrots). And while back to school inevitably means…

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How to speak and write authentically—in college admissions and all of life


by Carol Barash, PhD, founder and CEO, Story2, and author of Write Out Loud © 2015 Story2. All rights reserved. I was cleaning up my office recently and found my Strengths Assessment report from the days when software was delivered on a CD-ROM with a code to activate it when you put it in your home…

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Four tools for 3D printing your child’s work of art


3D printing is no longer the stuff of science fiction – it’s a reality that’s becoming accessible to everyone. Our children are growing up in a world in which they are not limited by the bounds of technology when it comes to their imagination. In the 21st century, the possibilities are limitless. The hard part is figuring…

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