Goal 1: Create Your Me Manifesto #30goals

Goal 1 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2012! Click the link to find out more about the new changes to this year’s 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” Ferdinand Foch

“Manifesto: a public declaration of principles and intentions.” via Wikipedia


Short-term- Create your Me Manifesto either on a blog, using Animoto, Muzy, Glogster, or any tool. We want to learn about what makes you tick. What do you believe about learning and what kind of ideals do you carry in your classroom? If you don’t have a blog please post any of your creations on Twitter using the #30Goals hashtag or as a comment on this blog.

Long-term- We bring our ideals and values into the classroom. Our curriculum and students are influenced by them. It is important we reflect on them continuously and get our students to create their own “Me Manifestos” in order for them to identify what sets their souls on fire!

2012 Changes

  • This year we are focusing on 1 to 2 goals a week in order to have time to really reflect on the tasks and respond to each other’s posts and enhance our support system for each other.
  • In the next few days, you will see my “Me Manifesto” and I hope to see yours!


You can use any of the great presentation tools bookmarked in my Pinterest, a cool way to bookmark links!


Create a “Me Manifesto” and have your students create one as well.

Did you reflect on this goal? Please leave a comment that you accomplished this goal by either posting your own video reflection on Youtube, using the hashtag #30Goals, posting on the 30 Goals Facebook group, adding a post to the GooglePlus page, or adding a comment below!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

31 thoughts on “Goal 1: Create Your Me Manifesto #30goals

  1. Yay!!!! Go Shelly!

    Super news that the challenge begins again : ) Will definitely take it up again! It helped me as a teacher and a blogger last year – it gave me a lot of motivation and opportunities for reflection. Thanks so much Shelly!


  2. Dear Shelly

    Thank you so much for continually striving to get so many educators to reflect on their teaching practice and ideals. You truly are an inspiring “agent of change”. I was motivated to create a short Me Manifesto today as a result of this post.

    Warm wishes and hugs to you and Vicky (yay!!!)

    Warm wishes


  3. My Me Manifesto has to go here. I do have a blog, but it’s not the right place for this – at least right now. I hope this is an ok place for this.

    Here goes:

    I want to be the best teacher I can be. I have done a lot new self-reflection this past year – in my personal life – that has impacted me as a teacher.

    I want to listen to my students – so they can direct their learning – with me as their guide.

    I want to share with my students that learning is lifelong. That I even I struggle, and learn, and get stuck, and make mistakes.

    I want to have fun with my students.

    And, as I always have said, I want to teach my students to be good, kind, respectful people.

    To do this – I want to model for them the best person I can be.

    1. Posting a comment on this blog is always acceptable for any of the challenges or even posting a Facebook or Google Plus status update. I can understand it might not be right for your blog at the moment and I thank you for completing the challenge. I like how you have listed these as want statements and definitely believe that as educators we need to serve as models.

  4. Dear Shelly,

    I am glad to see the challenge back for 2012. I meant to do it last year and am looking forward to attempting all the goals this year.

    I have completed the first goal! Here is a link to my blog containing the Glog that I created to show my Me Manifesto.


    Kind Regards,


  5. Dear Shelly!
    Thank you so much for creating this wonderful project for teachers! When I first saw it (half a month ago or less), I was overtaken by this great idea of uniting teachers from all over the world and giving them an opportunity for self-reflection, growth, development and motivation. When I saw the first goal for this year, I thought that I’d definitely recommend this project to my colleagues but won’t take part in it myself, cause creating a Me-Manifesto seemed to be a task I have no way to cope with. I don’t like speaking about myself and it’s always hard for me to define my aims, goals, principles etc. But today I thought that I might give it a try, and ended up with this:
    It was the first time I used Windows Movie Maker (and the first time I created a video)! I would like to change it a bit later, adding some real photos from my classroom.. and I forgot to mention my interest in technologies in this video! Anyway… I’m excited about this result, too! :))

    Warm regards,

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  7. Shelly,

    I just came across you on Twitter and decided to check out the blog. I started my manifesto, and when I get a chance with my students I will definately have them do this! Looking forward to completing the challenge.



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