‘You matter’: The teacher behind the Don’t Give Up Movement at West

The cards created by the Don’t Give Up movement feature a variety of positive messages and have spread on a global scale. History teacher Mel Trotier felt that these messages would help to alleviate student stress and change their mindset. “I like the card that says 'your mistakes don't define you'. I think it's important because, in school, you're learning, which means you're not perfect yet,” Trotier said. “I feel like students need to be willing to let mistakes happen and not let that mistake ruin their day because it's one thing. To me, it is the strongest message, especially for students.”
March 31, 2020

Having experienced a nationwide spike of anxiety and stress in students in recent years, history teacher Mel Trotier felt as though action needed to be taken. After learning of the Don’t Give Up Movement,...

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