Let Them Explore #30GoalsEdu

Goal 27: Let Them Explore of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process…the independent scientist in the child disappears.” ~ John Holt

In goal 26, we talked about nurturing curiosity. One of the reasons schools fail to nurture curiosity is because the curriculum fails to provide students enough time to explore and experiment with new knowledge. When our learners are introduced to new material, they are often provided with tons of information to digest. What if we changed the dynamic? What if our students walked into our classes and just had a question to work with? What if we wrote one statement, word, or question on the board, then offered students a chance to search online for as much information as they could? What if we gave our students time to ask other students about the topic and see what information they could gather as a group? I bet many of our students would find some of the information their textbooks detail.

Many of us will begin a new semester with students. We have some experience teaching with our current curriculums. We have the ability to inspect our curriculum and make changes.  We have the power to teach our subject matter in various ways. We can take out some of the tests and have students complete projects instead.

Goal

Short-term- Review your curriculum and change at least one lesson plan or assessment to support student exploration and experimentation.

Long-term- Throughout the year begin to provide less information to students and have them complete tasks that help them discover the information on their own.

Goal

The following resources will help you adapt your curriculum to support student exploration and experimentation.

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Challenge:

Change at least one lesson plan or assessment to support student exploration and experimentation.

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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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