Grow Through Reflection #30GoalsEdu

Goal 29: Grow Through Reflection of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” ~ Peter F. Drucker

One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is it gives me a place to record my thoughts and beliefs throughout the year. When I read through my posts, I see how I have grown as an educator, read about my struggles, and rediscover those magical moments with my learners. 2013 is around the corner. Another year has passed where we have made an impact on our learners. As the year ends, I believe it is important we reflect on our teaching practice. Educators have tough jobs and if we aren’t participating regularly in some kind of reflective ritual we might miss the ways in which we have grown and ways in which we still need to grow. Before the year ends, let’s reflect.


Short-term- Read through your journal, blog, or diary where you have reflected throughout the year. Think about the times you felt you shined this year and what you believe contributed to these successes. Think about what you struggled with and create a plan of action to effectively deal with those struggles.

Long-term- Through out the year plan to reflect on each lesson. Think about why the lesson succeeded and how it could be improved. Regular reflection makes us more effective educators.

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Reflect on your teaching year.

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,, 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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