Cultivate Relationships #30GoalsEdu

Goal 21: Cultivate Relationships of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” ~ Galileo

Classrooms are communities. Educators should be supported in taking the time to implement community building tasks in order for a classroom to be a successful community that learns, collaborates, and works together. Our students must spend countless hours together daily with the goal of learning as much as they can. It surprises me that classes are not often treated like communities and community building exercises are not included in the curriculum. Students need to build relationships with their peers in order to prevent issues with bullying and ensure the support of one another in succeeding in learning goals. These can include team building activities, icebreakers, getting-to-know you activities, relationship building activities, and collaborative tasks that teach students how to respect each other and build a community of trust. You can find a list of icebreakers for teens and adults here and activities for kids here.

For goal 21, I would like to encourage you to try one getting to know you activity with your students. One of my personal favorites is the 3, 2, 1 activity in which a student creates a digital story detailing 3 things we should know about them, 2 of their favorite foods, and 1 job they would enjoy having in the future. View many examples here.

Short-term- Have your students participate in at least one getting-to-know you activity.

Long-term- Try incorporating team building games and exercises as well as icebreakers in your curriculum regularly.

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Challenge:

Cultivate relationships in your classroom by having students participate in getting to know you activities.

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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.

One thought on “Cultivate Relationships #30GoalsEdu

  1. Thank you for sharing this Shelly. It is so true that the micro-community within classrooms are so often overlooked and forgotten particularly in the face of achievement and goals of improving statistics.

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