Goal #3: Ask a Learner #30goals

Goal 3 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!

“Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” ~Ann Lieberman


Short-term- Ask a learner about his/her learning style and/or habits by conducting a video, audio, or written interview. 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. This goal was inspired by Marti Side’s interview with her son Ryley.

Long-term- Continue to ask learners what they feel about various issues they face when learning. For example, ask them how they feel about grading, learning with textbooks, what they dislike about school, how they would run a school, and more. Use these answers to help design your curriculum and redesign your classroom environment and policies.

Two Student Interviews

Here are 2 student interviews as examples. In the first one I interview an 11 year-old blogger about her use of social media and in the second one, Marti Sides, interviews her son, Ryley, about his learning style.


These resources will help you accomplish this goal:

  • Posterous- the easiest way to blog
  • Audioboo- record the story and leave a link in the comment’s section
  • Create a Youtube video and I’ll add it to our 30 Goals Youtube Playlist
  • Glogster- an interactive poster that allows video embedding
  • WebDocs- an interactive poster that allows video embedding
  • SoundCloud- great audio tool used by Tyson Seburn in his #2 goal.
  • Oovuo- record video calls for free
  • Juliana’s blog, Beauties and Fame!

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.

Other Posts

Check out my Pinterests for other posts with this goal or ask me to add yours!


Ask a student about his/her learning habits or style.

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, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central, Tefl.net, and T/H/E JOURNAL. Her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, is ranked as one of the top 10 language teaching and technology blogs and the 50 best blogs for education leaders. In 2012 find her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education and participate with over 7000 educators worldwide in this online professional development course that helps educators develop Personal Learning Networks and accomplish social media and teaching goals. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Shelly has taught English language learners at various levels since 1998 in the US, Greece, and in Germany. She currently presents and hosts workshops on integrating technology effectively with young learners and adults. Shelly holds an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix.

5 thoughts on “Goal #3: Ask a Learner #30goals

  1. Hello! It’s a little hard to accomplish my third Goal… But I asked my students about their learning process. One of my students answered the interview as a comment on my blog!! And on Wednesday I will try to record them speaking!This is going to be great!

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