“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
Each 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
- 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!