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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Celebrate Your Achievement

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 5.33.01 PMGoal 30: Celebrate Your Achievement of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

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

As the year comes to an end as well as the 4th cycle of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, I believe it is important to look back and celebrate what we have accomplished personally and professionally. Did you make your students:

  • smile
  • laugh
  • create
  • find their passion
  • become more curious about a topic
  • realize you care about them
  • feel more confident about their abilities and talents

These aren’t little feats. These are great accomplishments that matter. Part of the purpose behind The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators is to get teachers to focus their efforts and energy more on these goals versus what is thrown our way that we cannot control.

The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

Were you one of the many teachers this year who took up the 30 Goals Challenge and aimed to accomplish something incredible with your learners? For now, forget about the goals you didn’t achieve, and instead focus on what you did accomplish. Embarking on a mission to accomplish goals to better yourself is a feat in itself.

To accomplish this last goal, post about your accomplishments and the experience  in either your blog or as a status update in the  30 Goals Facebook community. Let us know what you achieved so we can celebrate with you.

Each year, several teachers around the world gather to accomplish goals in an effort to be better teachers for their learners. I post 30, but you can choose to accomplish as many as you want in the order you want. Not all will relate to your situation or will appeal to you. Each year, we have a new theme and additional goals. This year’s theme was, “This is MY Moment.” Each of the 30 goals focused on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. Our 30 Goals Facebook community is where we vote on goals and support each other.

3 Ingredients for Accomplishing Goals

I believe we need these 3 ingredients to accomplish goals. There are other ingredients, but I think these are some of the most important ones. (1) We need to determine what we want to change within us and in our surroundings.

(2) We need to take the first step and accomplish at least one achievable goal and celebrate this victory. The 30 Goals Challenge has over 100 goals suggested since 2010. Find one you feel you can accomplish within the day, today, and do it. Often, small steps and victories lead to big change. This way when we tackle one area and see the impact, we have the energy and drive to accomplish more. If we tackle too much, we tend to focus on all we didn’t accomplish and feel as if we failed. Accomplishing one goal is better than being complacent and achieving nothing.

(3) We need others to support us and inspire us to achieve more. The 30 Goals Facebook community is extremely supportive. We reflect on our accomplishments here. Sometimes, we do not post blog reflections of every accomplishment. Instead, many of the teachers post a status update and sometimes a quote, song, or picture to go with their accomplishment. Others in the community offer support, ideas, and encouragement.

Congratulations on reaching the end of the journey! Thank you for being part of this incredible experience. Your passion, contribution, support, ideas, and spirit made this year extra special. Hope to see you in 2014!

Please vote for the 2014 theme!

Challenge:

Share your achievement in a blog post or post it as a status update on our 30 Goals Facebook community.

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Please fill out this Google Form if you reflected on at least 1 goal.

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What Was Your Great Moment This Year?

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Goal 29: Reflect on a great moment this year
 of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Hilary Cooper

As the year comes to an end, let’s look back and cherish the magical moments we had with our students. The times we gave a great lesson or made their eyes dazzle with curiosity. Perhaps, you felt you made an impact on one of your students or helped them realize their potential? Share this moment with us through a blog reflection or as a status update in our 30 Goals Facebook community.

My Magical Moments of 2013

I feel blessed to have so many great moments to draw from. In January and February, I was able to be part of the open online EVO sessions and worked with many incredible tutors to help over 100 teachers learn how to integrate Digital Storytelling tools and apps. In March and April, I traveled to several schools in Slovenia and Croatia and showed teachers how to effectively integrate mobile learning and BYOT. I’ve posted a video created by Marijana Smolcec who filmed me working with the students at her school in Ogulin, Croatia. Most recently, I designed a digital storytelling course for teachers in Spanish speaking countries who are very new to web tools. I also got the opportunity to be the course tutor. I’ve posted details about this incredible experience in this post, Let Them Know You Learned From Them. Throughout all these experiences, I received incredible feedback from my students on how the tasks transformed their lives. This is one of the uplifting messages I received from a student: “Hi Shelly! First of all, let me thank you for ALL YOUR HELP, your support and your inspiration. This course is wonderful and l’m learning TONS about the zrillions of resources out there that we can use. I’m also a teacher at an official language school, like many other colleagues that have posted their opinions here. I don’t like overloading my students either, but I have found that they LOVE doing these sort of things… The trick is combining it with activities that help them in their learning process. The avatar has been the perfect excuse for a writing task and it has allowed the shiest in the class to start having an online voice in our digital platform this year. Does this have a drawback? Well, as any of these “online things” it means extra work for both the teacher and the student, that’s absolutely certain. But the reward is that the students are more engaged in their learning activities and at least for me that makes me willing to put in “some” extra effort. Courage to you all!!!  This course is one of the good ones!!!”

The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

Each year, several teachers around the world gather to accomplish goals in an effort to improve themselves as educators. I post 30, but you can choose to accomplish as many as you want in the order you want. Not all will relate to your situation or will appeal to you. Each year, we have a new theme and additional goals. This year’s theme was, “This is MY Moment.” Each of the 30 goals focused on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. Our 30 Goals Facebook community is where we vote on goals and support each other.

Challenge:

Share your great moment in a blog post or post it as a status update in our 30 Goals Facebook community.

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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Please fill out this Google Form if you reflected on at least 1 goal so you will be listed in a 30 Goals blog list and on a 30 Goals Twitter list.

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Challenge Their Perspectives

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Goal 28: Challenge Their Perspectives of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” ~ Jacob Bronowski

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

Our students were born in a digital age, which means they digest tons of information daily. The problem is that many don’t analyze or evaluate this information, which influences their perceptions. Our students tend to live in a microcosm. Their mental outlook and understanding of the world is shaped by their limited experience with the culture, traditions, and communication they are exposed to in schools, their community, and through media. Teachers have the important role of challenging students’ perspectives by getting them to experience an event through various lenses.

Avatars

The communities they join in the virtual world can help them interact with other cultures and societies. We have the opportunity to guide them and help them reflect on their virtual interactions and challenge their limited perspectives. The first step to participating in the digital world is creating an avatar, a graphical representation of ourselves. This is a way to create membership, start our digital footprint, and begin a journey with a digital community. Some of us will use real-life images of ourselves, while others feel more comfortable posting cartoon-like images, our pets, or an icon. In different online communities, we may choose different avatars that match that community.

We can get our students to reflect on their digital identities through their avatars. One health teacher, for example, had teenagers reflect on how they manipulated the physical appearance of their avatars and made them skinnier, with different hair color, and so forth (Boss, 2009). Some teachers have had their students experience a virtual world  as different avatars. Students, for example, will switch genders, change their skin color, or make themselves obese/tall/short and write about their experiences.

For this goal:

Short-term goal- For at least one class, get your students to consider an event through various point-of-views. Ideas may include experiencing the holidays through other cultures or from various economic standpoints.

Long-term goal- Implement a project or activity in which students are forced to view an issue from various point-of-views.

Resources

Try any of these resources to challenge your students’ perspectives:

Challenge:

Introduce your students to different point-of-views surrounding an event.

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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