Goal: Send Them on Learning Missions #EduLS

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!

“People don’t have a propensity for laziness. People have a propensity for hard work. It just needs to be work that matters to them.” – Jane McGonigal

30Goals Blog HeaderEach year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community, Twitter (#30GoalsEdu), or Instagram.com/30goals. At our official site, 30Goals.com, find all the goals, participant reflections, badges, and get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers workbook. We also post new/former goals each year that you can choose to accomplish with several of us. Find all the 2015 goals here!

Our third goal is send them on learning missions. This is a goal from our previous cycles and also will be part of another inspiring Learning Challenge lead by Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd), the Educator Learning Series (#EduLS).

To accomplish this goal, transform an activity or task into a mission. You can learn more about the process and see examples in the slide presentation below and also read about this in chapter 10 of The 30 Goals Challenge book. In spy movies, the agents are given a mission to accomplish for a specific reason. They are given background information or do research to accomplish their mission. They realize that their mission is tied to a meaningful purpose. In the same way, we should tie learning and activities to a meaningful purpose. Instead of learning fractions by completing problems in the book, students can contribute a recipe to a class book that offers healthy choices to the community. The students learn fractions by converting the recipe quantities.

Below is another example:

Mission: Snap a photo of graffiti you think is art. In a video or presentation app, tell us why you think it is art versus just graffiti.
What You’ll Need: An app like Instagram, Voicethread, or Fotobabble.
Points Worth: 10

Add badges, points, word lists, or resources to the mission. You can make images of each mission and post them in your online space or on Instagram. The slide show below shows more examples:

Accomplishing this challenge supports the following goals in the book:

  • Send Them on Learning Missions
  • Integrate Technology Effectively
  • Make it Fun

Updates

  • We have badges you can place on your blog or portfolio to show you accomplished the goal. Join the free Badgelist group for the 30 Goals to access your badges.
  • Join the 30Goals Facebook group, Facebook.com/groups/30Goals, to connect with inspiring teachers worldwide.
  • Follow us at Instagram where we will post participant reflections, achievements, and inspirational quotes to help you achieve your goals, Instagram.com/30goals.
  • We will also share participant reflections in this free digital magazine, http://flip.it/4pveN. Tweet with the #30GoalsEdu hashtag or post to the Facebook group to get your reflections posted.
  • Check out our Inspire Leaders for 2014 and sign up to be an Inspire Leader for 2015. Inspire Leaders help support our community in many ways- give badges, suggest goals, present at the 30 Goals online conference, and give away free copies to participants. They are also well loved by our participants and the strength behind our community. You don’t need any experience to sign up, just a big heart. You also don’t have to participate in every goal, just help the way you choose. If you are interested, please fill out this form.
  • Stay tuned for how you can participate in our free online conference that will feature keynotes and presentations from our Inspire Leaders and participants. The conference will take place June 15 to 23rd, 2015.
  • Follow the 30Goals.com site where we will share all these free resources and communities.
  • You can purchase the 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers book and workbook here,  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415735346/. Purchasing the book isn’t a requirement, but you will get to listen to my personal stories and inspiration behind each goal. You’ll also get additional reflection exercises and forms to support you.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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Goal: Be Someone’s Champion

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita F. Pierson

30Goals Blog HeaderEach year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community, Twitter (#30GoalsEdu), or Instagram.com/30goals. At our official site, 30Goals.com, find all the goals, participant reflections, badges, and get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers workbook. We also post new/former goals each year that you can choose to accomplish with several of us. Find all the 2015 goals here!

Our second goal is be someone’s champion.

To accomplish this goal, support a colleague’s idea, vision, or ambition. In chapter 29 of The 30 Goals, I talk about the importance of sharing our ideas with those who will support us the most. Many ideas never come to fruition, because we share them with people who question them or tell us all the obstacles we will face by implementing them. Ideas are important, especially if they sound ludicrous, have never been tried, or have remained with us for a long time. Some of the most ludicrous ideas have made the most impact. Remember when saying that the earth was round was a ludicrous idea? Being someone’s champion means you listen to the idea and let them talk you through it and get excited about it. If they ask for support, then help connect them with resources or someone who could help them get a foundation for that idea. It could be as easy as suggesting a podcast, hashtag or chat to research, or person’s blog or Twitter account. As a teacher, we need to strive to be every student’s champion. Our students should feel they can share with us their ambitions and ideas and receive support. We can also connect them to role models to follow on social media or invite these experts to speak to visit our classrooms virtually in a Google HangOut, Skype conversation, or Twitter chat. Find more about inviting guest experts virtually in this presentation. Accomplishing this challenge supports the following goals in the book:

  • Manifest an Idea
  • Plant a Seed of Belief
  • Develop a PLN

Inspire Forward

This year, we also have the additional challenge of using our accomplishments to inspire other teachers and students. After you have supported your colleague’s or student’s idea ask to share the idea with others. Sharing an idea shows true support.

Updates

  • We have badges you can place on your blog or portfolio to show you accomplished the goal. Join the free Badgelist group for the 30 Goals to access your badges.
  • Join the 30Goals Facebook group, Facebook.com/groups/30Goals, to connect with inspiring teachers worldwide.
  • Follow us at Instagram where we will post participant reflections, achievements, and inspirational quotes to help you achieve your goals, Instagram.com/30goals.
  • We will also share participant reflections in this free digital magazine, http://flip.it/4pveN. Tweet with the #30GoalsEdu hashtag or post to the Facebook group to get your reflections posted.
  • Check out our Inspire Leaders for 2014 and sign up to be an Inspire Leader for 2015. Inspire Leaders help support our community in many ways- give badges, suggest goals, present at the 30 Goals online conference, and give away free copies to participants. They are also well loved by our participants and the strength behind our community. You don’t need any experience to sign up, just a big heart. You also don’t have to participate in every goal, just help the way you choose. If you are interested, please fill out this form.
  • Stay tuned for how you can participate in our free online conference that will feature keynotes and presentations from our Inspire Leaders and participants. The conference will take place June 15 to 23rd, 2015.
  • Follow the 30Goals.com site where we will share all these free resources and communities.
  • You can purchase the 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers book and workbook here,  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415735346/. Purchasing the book isn’t a requirement, but you will get to listen to my personal stories and inspiration behind each goal. You’ll also get additional reflection exercises and forms to support you.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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Welcome to the 30 Goals for Teachers! Cycle 6: Inspire Forward

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!

“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” – Anthony Robbins

30Goals Blog HeaderEach year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community, Twitter (#30GoalsEdu), or Instagram.com/30goals.

We also post new/former goals each year that you can choose to accomplish with several of us. Below is the first goal of 2015. This year, we also have the additional challenge of using our accomplishments to inspire other teachers and students. For example, if you choose a personal theme song, we challenge you to send your song to another teacher to uplift them, share a lesson with another teacher in your department, or encourage your students to pass their high fives forward. It’s all about spreading inspiration in our schools and communities.

To help you accomplish the goal and inspire forward:

  • We are visualizing goals. Buncee has created some visual representations of our goals that I will be sharing.
  • We have badges you can place on your blog or portfolio to show you accomplished the goal. Join the free Badgelist group for the 30 Goals to access your badges.
  • Join the 30Goals Facebook group, Facebook.com/groups/30Goals, to connect with inspiring teachers worldwide.
  • Follow us at Instagram where we will post participant reflections, achievements, and inspirational quotes to help you achieve your goals, Instagram.com/30goals.
  • We will also share participant reflections in this free digital magazine, http://flip.it/4pveN. Tweet with the #30GoalsEdu hashtag or post to the Facebook group to get your reflections posted.
  • Check out our Inspire Leaders for 2014 and sign up to be an Inspire Leader for 2015. Inspire Leaders help support our community in many ways- give badges, suggest goals, present at the 30 Goals online conference, and give away free copies to participants. They are also well loved by our participants and the strength behind our community. You don’t need any experience to sign up, just a big heart. You also don’t have to participate in every goal, just help the way you choose. If you are interested, please fill out this form.
  • Stay tuned for how you can participate in our free online conference that will feature keynotes and presentations from our Inspire Leaders and participants. The conference will take place June 15 to 23rd, 2015.
  • Follow the 30Goals.com site where we will share all these free resources and communities.
  • You can purchase the 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers book and workbook here,  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415735346/. Purchasing the book isn’t a requirement, but you will get to listen to my personal stories and inspiration behind each goal. You’ll also get additional reflection exercises and forms to support you.

Goal: Support a Movement

The first goal of cycle 6 is to Support a Movement.

To accomplish this goal, post about the movements you are participating in and invite others in your network to join. Paste a link, screenshot, or tell us about how you accomplished the goal and claim your badge at Badgelist.com/30goals/support-a-movement.

Accomplishing this challenge supports the following goals in the book:

  • Join an Online Educator Community and Develop a PLN
  • Make a Global Connection
  • Collaborate with Colleagues

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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Goal 1: Prepare for the Journey #30GoalsEdu

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Crossposted from 30Goals.com

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” ~ Eugene F. Ware

Welcome! This year the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, Cycle 5: Make the Difference, is on a world tour and visiting participant blogs from all over the globe. They are acting as our Inspire Leaders and helping us become better educators by challenging us to accomplish short-term goals. Choose 1 to 30 of the goals to accomplish by December 31st, 2014. Read more about the world trip here. If you’d like to be one of our stops, please fill out this form.

Goal 1: Prepare for the Journey

The first goal is to Prepare for the Journey. To accomplish this goal-

  • reflect on your teaching in 2013 and share at least one accomplishment
  • introduce yourself to the 30 Goals community
  • make a connection with at least one person in the 30 Goals community

Some ideas on how to accomplish this goal:
Try doing a 321 introduction, in which you list:

  • 3 things we should know about you
  • 2 goals you’d like to accomplish this year
  • 1 achievement you are proud of from 2013

You can do this as a short video, poster, slideshow, comic, or podcast. You choose the tool. Here are 50 tools listed in a word cloud by Janet Bianchini. You can find many in my Symbaloo of digital storytelling tools. A few recommendations include Animoto, Smore, Buncee, Pic-Collage, MakeBeliefsComix, Tellagami, Fotobabble, and Powtoons. Here are many 321s from the participants of the Crafting Your Ebook EVO session. This activity is an idea I learned from Nicky Hockly.

Feel free to post your 321 in the 30 Goals community or on this map, 30goals.com/participantmap

Here’s my 321 for this goal:

My Reflection

The beginning of the year is when we are most motivated to accomplish goals. One way to keep ourselves motivated throughout the year is to join a supportive community of individuals aiming for the same goals. Together we can motivate and inspire each other. The 30 Goals community is full of inspiring teachers worldwide who provide examples of how to accomplish great things with students even if it is for only one class. We know teachers are busy, because we are teachers. However, we also know how tough it is to be a teacher. In order to stay motivated so that we “make a difference” each time we are with our students, we need support. We are getting to know each other at this stage so that we can build lasting relationships. Let us know about you on your blog or the 30 Goals Facebook community. We look forward to getting to know you!

Your Stop: San Antonio, TX

ISTE 2013 in SA- My folks, me, PLN & mariachis

We start our journey in my hometown. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the US and famous for its RiverWalk.

San Antonio is full of culture. I invite you to listen to Tejano, Mariachi, and Conjunto music which has Polish, German, Mexican, and American influences. We have many festivals which feature this type of music and we eat delicious foods, such as gorditas and fajitas.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Find out more about The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators at 30Goals.com and join our 30 Goals Facebook community!

Challenge:

Share your achievement and let us know about you in a blog post or post it as a status update on our 30 Goals Facebook community.

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The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators: Make the Difference

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Cycle 5 of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators begins with a new theme and a new format. We will still aim to achieve 1 to 30 goals of our choice by December 31st, 2014. These are small goals that are achievable in 1 day and lead to creating long-term rituals such as engaging parents, managing our classrooms better, and saving our sanity.

In the past, I (Shelly Sanchez Terrell) proposed all 30 goals but this year our participants will propose the majority of the goals. We will visit various participant blogs in a virtual road trip. We will begin in San Antonio, Texas with the first goal then travel to countries such as Greece, Spain, Canada, Turkey, the Czech Republic, France, Argentina, the US, and Brazil. We will learn about each participant, their teaching situations, enjoy meals from their areas, and learn more about the culture and conditions that impact their education systems. All the goals will help us “Make the Difference.” This is our new theme voted upon by the community and suggested by Sean Hampton-Cole of The Ideas Out There blog. Thank you for voting, participating, and welcome to the 2014 challenges. Soon, I will post the first goal and begin our road trip. Follow along virtually on our live map and join the Facebook group, Facebook.com/groups/30Goals. If you’d like to be one of the stops on our virtual road trip, please fill out this form, 30goals.com/roadripform.

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