Let Them Speak Up #30GoalsEdu

Goal 19: Let Them Speak Up of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

Student voice is an important part of any curriculum. Without engaging a student then the learning becomes tedious, boring, and overwhelming. Students want to make a connection to their learning. They want to see how the knowledge they are acquiring relates to the world around them and how they can use it in their present and future. The problem with traditional teaching that dedicates a majority of the instructional time to lecturing from the teacher and another portion to bookwork is that the student doesn’t get to speak up, add an opinion, or contribute. When students are silent they don’t get to relate to the learning, add their experiences to the learning, or make a connection.

For goal 19, I would like to encourage you to think about the amount of instructional time you dedicate to student voice. How does this time compare to the amount of time dedicated to lecturing, bookwork, quizzes, and other tasks where students remain silent or are tied to answering only through multiple choice questions?

Many types of technologies can help us increase student input in our classes. Below are a few ideas:

Short-term- Take one class period and dedicate a majority of the time to student input. You can use any of the suggested online tools. Reflect on the outcome.

Long-term- Try incorporating more tasks and activities to increase student input in your classes. This may be uncomfortable at first, because it is a struggle for teachers to let go of the control.

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Increase student input in at least one lesson.

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 #30GoalsEdu, 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.

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