Update Your Digital Footprint

digi citizenshipGoal 19: Update Your Digital Footprint of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

This year’s 30 Goals Challenge theme is, “This is MY Moment.” Each goal focuses on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. Join our our 30 Goals Facebook community to vote on goals and receive support. This is the updated version of update your online profiles from 2010. The community chose this goal.

My Reflection

When you get on social media and begin sharing your work, a by product is you often get asked to present either online or face-to-face. Even if you do not plan on this blooming into a career, it is still important to make sure your digital footprint highlights you in a positive way. This will increase your ability to keep sharing with others, which is an incredible experience. As one of the 30 Goals participants, Fabiana Casella, recently posted, “It seems I am starting to live something new in my career as an educator: share my expertise and knowledge! Once you go global and international, there is nothing that can stop you! I am going for it! I am a presenter for the second time in my life!”

In my experience, this also motivates you to travel. Four years ago, I had visited 2 countries- Mexico and Germany. I had moved to Germany to teach English. However, I didn’t really start traveling till I was connected. One of my first journeys was a 7 hour road trip to Paris, France because I desperately wanted to meet my online buddy from Istanbul, Burcu Akyol, who was presenting for TESOL France. I met many others and had a blast. This rewarding experience drove me to meet others in my PLN and share my work and experience. Now, I’ve been to 26 countries. I’ve had incredible adventures, seen sunsets and sunrises on various beaches with friends, enjoyed fabulous meals, trekked through the Holy Land, danced on a boat on the Bosphorus, shared wine at the Eiffel Tower, experienced Carnavale Brazil style, visited pubs and climbed trees in Oxford, met fabulous families and have become a part of them, and so much more. I often pinch myself because it feels like I’m living in a favorite book or movie. It’s hard to believe sometimes this is my life. It’s a result from sharing.

Short-Term Goal- Update Your Profile

To complete this task, update at least 1 of your profiles on any site, such as on a Ning, Google profile, LinkedIn, or Twitter! If you do not have any online profiles, then I suggest creating one. You can start small by creating a Twitter profile, About Me, Flavors, or Vizify. These take less than 30 minutes to create a really fantastic profile. Here are a few guidelines for maintaining your online profile:

  • Remember nearly every social website you sign-up for requires a profile!
    • The obvious ones are LinkedIn and Facebook. Keep track of the other social sites you signed up for such as Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter, Google Profile, Delicious, Flickr, SlideShare, and so forth. On most of these accounts you may have no profile listed. My long-term goal is to get suitable profiles on most of social networking sites or get rid of them.
    • Note: Try clicking on your avatar when you make a comment on different blogs to see what comes up.
  • Include an image, bio, and link to at least one portfolio item!
    • If possible the portfolio item should be a video, slide presentation with audio, wiki, or blog. If you really want to draw attention, then offer a lesson, hand-out, presentation, or other product you created for free.
    • If you can add a reference letter to the website or a recommendation, then ask your friends if they will write one for you and post that.
  • It’s okay to use the same items for each profile!
    • I now keep a Google Doc with pictures, a long bio, short bio, etc. then copy and past this info everywhere I go. I have also included the html code for sites that won’t immediately format correctly.
  • Get also a QR  code to link to your profile to use in presentations. Here is mine- http://teacherrebootcamp.com/about/

Long-Term Goal

If you haven’t already created an online portfolio, resume, or CV then this should definitely be one of your long-term goals. I have created mine on Livebinders and I really like all it has to offer. It took me hours to set-up but it’s very easy and low maintenance now. See my LiveBinders ePortfolio here, Bit.ly/ShellTerrell. The links below will help you accomplish this:

Challenge:

Update a profile.

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, or adding a comment below! All goals are organized in this 30 Goals Livebinder.

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*Image above adapted. Sick Superheroes by Brian Dewey, CC, Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdewey/5725260482/in/faves-shellyterrell/

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Shake Things Up!

Goal 18: Shake Things Up! of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” ~Anatole France

This year’s 30 Goals Challenge theme is, “This is MY Moment.” Each goal focuses on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. Join our our 30 Goals Facebook community to vote on goals and receive support.

Image by Jamie Keddie, LessonStream.org

My Reflection

One of my favorite activities on Jamie Keddie’s Lesson Stream site is Lying on the Pavement. Students walk in the classroom to the outline of a body. They enter into a discussion of how the body got there.

As November approaches, many of us will get into routines. Our learners will be used to our classroom environment, our instructional practices, the rules, and procedures. Procedures, rules, and routines are important. They help manage our classrooms. However, we need to make sure to throw a surprise into the mix to keep learners intrigued and thinking. In this lesson, the teacher is able to shake up the routine with masking tape and the moving of desks.

For this goal:

Short-term goal- For at least one class period, shake things up.

Long-term goal- Try to integrate tasks and activities in your curriculum that will surprise or shock students throughout the year.

Challenge:

Shake things up in your classroom. Any other ideas?

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Dare Them!

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 3.40.18 PMGoal 17: Dare Them! of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

This year’s 30 Goals Challenge theme is, “This is MY Moment.” Each goal focuses on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. Join our our 30 Goals Facebook community to vote on goals and receive support.

My Reflection

Are you familiar with Norman Vaughan’s story? At 89, he achieved his dream of climbing a mountain peak in the South Pole. His motto was, “Dream big and dare to fail.” I imagine myself climbing a mountain at 35. The obstacles seem too overwhelming. However, I imagine my dreams seem overwhelming to others. I’m okay with failure, because I believe we don’t truly live till we test ourselves and our ideas.

I like to think of myself as an idea creator, maker, and nurturer and I would like to pass this on to my learners, but how? How does a teacher entice learners to face failure and expect them to undergo the hardships that come with pursuing dreams?  It’s not easy. Sometimes, it is dangerous. Often, it’s lonely. The pursuance of dreams consumes your time, energy, spirit, skills, talents, sleep, courage, strength, and relationships.

I read a lot about genius hour and listen to inspiring speakers like Angela Maiers talk about getting our students to share their genius and change the world. I love the movement, but I think we have the responsibility to undergo the journey of pursuing our own dreams before we dare our learners to do this. We need to climb our own mountains and risk the dangers, hardships, and self-doubt.

Angela is an incredible example of someone who models what she requires from learners and her Choose2Matter organization helps individuals pursue their passions. Choose2Matter does not paint a pretty picture of transforming the world. It prepares learners and realizes the journey is tough, but necessary.

So today I dare you, reader, to pursue a dream, an idea, a passion. Tell your learners you will be daring to pursue a dream and that you are scared silly about doing it, yet excited. Share with them your story about how you came to have this dream and why you think it is important in life to pursue dreams even with the risks and hardships. Then, dare them to chase a dream this year. Create a community of support in your class. You can blog about the experiences, or share inspirational quotes, music or speeches.

You won’t find this as part of the common core or school objectives, but trust me it will be a life lesson your students will thank you for. We don’t dare our learners enough. We don’t dare them to pursue what is in their hearts and they feel the void. Often, they fill this void with gangs, drugs, crime, and suicide. If we don’t dare them, we lose them. We lose millions each year. I dare you to try to save some.

Goal- Dare your learners to pursue their dreams. Join the journey by pursuing your own dreams. Create a community of support in your classroom.

Ideas include:

  • create a collaborative Pinterest/ Educlipper board of inspirational quotes, videos, etc.
  • create a class playlist of music that learners find strength in
  • post butcher paper on a wall and allow learners to pin quotes, images, etc.
  • add TedTalks or speeches by inspirational individuals
  • have students create goal collages or vision boards

Challenge:

Pursue a dream, idea, or passion. Then, dare your learners to pursue their dreams. Go on this journey together and create a community of support in your classroom.

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, or adding a comment below! All goals are organized in this 30 Goals Livebinder.

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*Image above adapted. Sick Superheroes by Brian Dewey, CC, Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdewey/5725260482/in/faves-shellyterrell/

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A Story About Failure

Ford QuoteGoal 16: Share Your Fail Story! of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. Join the challenge for free! Connect with other educators completing challenges in our 30 Goals Facebook community.

“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford

This year’s theme is, “This is MY Moment.” Goals 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 vote for the goals as a community and sometimes I come up with the goals. Today’s goal was inspired by Debora Tebovich, a teacher in Argentina, who wrote about the goal here, Lesson Failed: Recalculating. For this goal:

Short-term goal- Reflect on a time you think you failed. What did you learn from this incident?

Long-term goal- Make it a habit to continually reflect on successes and failures within the week or month and how to improve for next time.

A Screaming Guardian

I remember the first uncomfortable incident I had with a guardian. I taught international students at a high school with a boarding program. About 70 teens came to the US to complete high school. They sometimes had relatives they stayed with. Gina (not her real name) was a student of mine from Italy who stayed with her aunt. We had a pretty good relationship I thought minus one incident where she had cheated on a test.

It was the week of finals. Gina’s aunt came barging in my class right before the bell, screaming what a terrible teacher I was. It was the first time I had met her or communicated with her after several failed attempts. I was in shock. Gina stood by her side quietly. I got defensive and asked if she received any of my previous communication attempts, especially when Gina cheated on a test and received a zero. The aunt replied she had, but that Gina explained I made a mistake. I was in shock when I realized the aunt had purposely chosen not to communicate with me. I told her to speak to my director. In the end, my director sided with me and told me the aunt was trying to get a discount on tuition.

It would be easy to forget this incident, but I like to make sure I can avoid situations like these. How could I prevent this? Where did I go wrong?

At the beginning of the year, I make it a point to get all contact information and send e-mails and handwritten letters to let guardians know what to expect. I also send regular e-mails to parents in other countries. For a long time, this communication was just to inform but now I have learned the purpose of this communication should be to connect and form an alliance with guardians to help their learners succeed. The first few weeks of school, I take the time and effort to now contact all guardians with positive messages about their children. This way the first contact ensures I am not out to get the child or have prior prejudices. This has helped improved my school year, tremendously. Working with parents means what I teach continues at home because the parents and I are a team making sure their children achieve.

I talk more about this failure and share other stories in this EduAllStars interview posted below.

Challenge:

Reflect on a failure. What did you learn?

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Students Creating Their Own Textbook: Interview with @DatEnglish #30GoalsEDU

Interview 10 of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators.

For 2013, we are Hanging Out with some of the past and current participants of the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. In Argentina, it is Teacher Appreciation Day and I had the pleasure of being inspired by one of Argentina’s gems , Debora Tebovich. Debora allows her students to create their own individualized ebooks throughout their time with her using Google Docs. She shows an example in the interview. Debora’s idea is simple for most teachers to do and powerful. Debora was tagged by Ana Maria Menezes in a previous interview. Watch the interview and leave a comment.

Join us in the 30 Goals Facebook group where we vote on the goals to achieve and reflect on what goals we are accomplishing. Watch the other participant video interviews on this Youtube 30 Goals playlist.

Interview 10: Débora Tebovich

About Débora Tebovich

Débora Tebovich is a freelance EFL teacher based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She teaches one-to-one and face-to-face and also online. She has been teaching English for over 20 years. She has worked with kids, teenagers, young learners and adults both at private language schools and also in-company. Absolutely passionate about teaching and learning, she is enthusiastic about using technology to create memorable learning moments. Above all, Débora strongly believes in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and to help and encourage freedom of thought and develop bonds to make our world a better place for all of us and for future generations. She is a mentor at iTDI.
Twitter: @DatEnglish
Blog: DatEnglish

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Photos from our HangOut

Even Rosco the pug joined us!

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