Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 12.32.48 AMGoal 3: What’s Your Personal Theme Song of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators.

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~ Aldous Huxley

This year with the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, our 30 Goals Facebook community is voting on what some of the goals will be. We are grabbing this from the list of goals from the previous 3 cycles.  In cycle 1, many of us defined our personal theme songs (Goal 8 of 2010). This year’s theme is, “This is MY Moment.” Each goal will focus on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. We will also be having our 2nd Google Hang-Out interview on Friday, July 5th at 2pmEDT with Tyson Seburn, @Seburnt,who is an amazing educator in Toronto, Canada. Find the livestream here, and ask Tyson questions through our Facebook group.

My Take on the Goal

When I was in my 20s, I was inspired by watching one of my favorite television series, Ally McBeal. In the show, Ally convinces her bestfriend John, who often stutters and lacks confidence, to get a personal theme song to sing to his reflection in the mirror. At first, John thinks it’s a terrible idea. Then he chooses the Barry White song, You’re The First, The Last, My Everything. In this video clip he’s singing the song and his co-workers join him.

Accomplishing This Goal

Over the years, I have had several theme songs for different occasions. I had one song to motivate me to exercise, another to start the day, and those to deal with disappointment. Usually, I would sing these on the way to work in my car, hum them, or sing them to myself in my head. I had my theme song saved as my ring tone so that I get that boost of confidence throughout the day.

To accomplish today’s task, think about what songs make you feel confident in various areas of your life. You can create lists in your mp3 player, Ipod, or Iphone. Some of us have collaborated and added ours to this Spotify List.

Your Students

This task can also be implemented as an activity with your students. Ask your students what personal theme song they would choose and why. They can create their own music videos using Animoto, Windows Movie Maker, Glogster, or other tools. Read this post and this post for more ideas of web 2.0 tools your students can use for this activity. Your students can also take this quiz which will tell them their personal theme song after they answer the questions. They can research the song lyrics and decide if they agree/disagree and why. The students can also make their own quizzes with more modern choices for their peers to take.

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Think about your personal theme song  for various occasions and listen to them daily for inspiration!

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