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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?

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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

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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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Happy Holidays from Thrively

Dear Friends of Thrively, My business partner Girish Venkat and I started Thrively almost 2 years ago with the goal of helping kids discover and pursue their passions in life. We are both dads – I have three kids, ages 7 to 14, and Girish has two, ages 6 and 16 – and not a…

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What do you get the kid who has everything? [+giveaway]

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What do you get the kid who has everything? [+giveaway]

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Seriously. Between tech gadgets, LEGOs, video games, and clothing, what do you get the kid who has everything?

Or a better question may be... do kids really need more stuff?

I'm not saying don't give any gifts. I'm saying consider the fact that our kids might not need more stuff just for stuff's sake. For a minute, consider incorporating a new kind of gift: an experience.

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You know what they say... Give a toy, play for a day; Give an experience, make a memory that lasts a lifetime.

OK so I just made that up. But it's true, right? My daughter will not be able to list the number of dolls she's outgrown since she was younger. But she will most definitely be able to describe every piece of clothing she created in her Fashion Design camp last summer. My son only wears one of the five pairs of sneakers he owns, but he can recall every pitch he threw to help bring his baseball team to the playoffs last year. Of course they enjoyed the dolls and the sneakers at the time, so it's not like I'd go back in time and deprive them, but I'm just thinking about how all the experiences they've had are the things that have really settled into their hearts. I want to give them more of those.

But... what if those two things could come together in perfect harmony?

This year we are doing something different. The kids' "big" gifts are going to be activities. My daughter wants to take an immersion Spanish course this summer, my son wants to do some kind of outdoor adventure, and my youngest daughter - well she wants to do everything under the sun :)

I use Thrively to get recommendations for them. Thrively is a strength-based activity finder for kids. It helps me find unique and highly rated activities, plus filters for what's going to be a good fit for both their strengths and interests. I entered "Backpacking" as an interest for him, and "Spanish" as an interest for her. Thrively then scans the thousands of activities in the directory to find the ones that match those interests as well as their strengths from their Strength Profile.

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Here's the recommendation that popped up for my son (umm can I go too?):

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Perfect. Now don't tell my kid. Here's where the "stuff" comes in. I went to AfterSchool.com and found:

The "stuff" here is not the experience in itself; but it facilitates the experience. My son may not remember the shoes themselves when he gets older. But he will remember the way they stood up to mud, he'll remember cinching them tight at the start of a long day on the trail, and he'll remember taking them off after a week of exploring the outdoors and looking at stars.

I plan to print a little framed card of the camp and tie it with a ribbon to his new boots. I can't wait until he opens it :)

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Sign up for Thrively.com and find that perfect adventure for your kids, whether it's a class or a camp. Then enter to win one of eight $50 Gift Cards from AfterSchool.com, so you can get the right gear to match the perfect activity you find through Thrively.

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Fine print: giveaway ends 12/14 at 11:59pm. Open to United States residents only, age 13 or up. No purchase necessary. 

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6 outdoor games from our childhoods that are still fun… and free! [+GIVEAWAY]

Can we please all just commit to each other right now that we will turn off our routers, change the wifi password, disengage the 4G LTE force field, shove our kids out the door, and tell them not to come back until it’s dark? When they get all “But… But… excuses!” just give them some ideas from this post.

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School’s Out & Your Chance to Win!

Summertime is so close, we can taste it!  Some kids are already done, and others are totally checked out. Fantasies of ice cream and waterslides are occupying the minds of students. And nightmares of my kids saying “I’m boooorreeedd” two weeks in are occupying my mind. I already have a list of “boredom busters” at…

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