The 30 Goals 2010 Challenge

Part of the Goals 2010 Challenge Series

Instead of listing my goals for 2010, I would like to invite you to accomplish some short-term goals I am setting for myself for 2010. Each day this month, I will challenge you to accomplish a goal for the day. I will be accomplishing these tasks myself, then blogging about the entire experience when I am finished. I welcome you to do the same! I am hoping this will inspire me to begin working towards my long-term goals.

Join the Challenge

To be part of the challenge, do the following:

  • Accomplish the goal- Don’t worry if you just began reading this, you can accomplish these goals whenever you read about them. This is set-up to be 30 goals in 30 days so you can do this at anytime of the year! If you don’t accomplish all the goals, then just do what you can.
  • Tweet the link, what you learned, a thought, or just kudos to yourself for accomplishing the task! Please use the hashtag #30Goals! You can subscribe to the hashtag to keep track of your accomplishments!
  • Add a comment, so we can share your excitement or learn about a new resource, link, or website!

For support:

  • Post with others using the Twitter hashtag #30Goals!
  • Each of the goals will be listed in the sidebar widget under 30 Days, 30 Goals!

Challenge: Post Your 1st 2010 Diary Entry

For today’s challenge, I encourage you to post your first diary entry of 2010! Do this as a blog post online with several free sites, in a notebook, as a podcast, an audio diary or as a video diary.

Here are some websites to help you get started:

This is one step to accomplishing my long-term goal of keeping a regular diary for 2010. I plan on using the Dragon Dictation app for this task on my IPhone and experimenting with WordPress! You can always keep the diary private for your eyes only. Keeping a diary was a suggestion made by my friend, Ken Wilson!


Write your first post of 2010 in your diary!

You may want to subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

Don’t forget to leave a comment that you accomplished this goal using the hashtag #30Goals

What will your first diary post be about?

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


  1. I have just found out about this goal challenge and definitely plan to participate.

    I started using Penzu at the first of the year. It is a free journaling program which can be public or private.

    So far, so good.

    • Elaine,

      Happy to have you as part of the challenge! I tried using regular blog sites as a private journal and met with disaster. Every time I left a comment I had to make sure I was signed out of my blogger site so it wouldn’t link back. I think Penzu really helps with this!

    • Deena,

      There are many I have heard of starting the challenge right now so don’t worry. You’re not late at all! I have just read your posts and you’re already off to a great start!

  2. I’m only 3/4 human since I broke my arm in a bad fall. Can’t keep up my blog. Can’t even read my school email. Yet am now able to type with both thumbs on my tmobile so am writing to accept some of the challenges for 2010.
    Being out of work for a month has been quite relaxing mentally. I am not sure if I want to return to a job I’ve had for 3 decades plus. Working with the “boss from h e double toothpicks” doesn’t make life interesting as one may be moved to observe dryly. It makes life horrid. How does anyone reconcile the awful near end of an otherwise enjoyable career (filled with tech advances and the joys of growing with the teachers) and this feeling of reluctance to re-engage the dans macabre (spelling?) that has evolved under this non-educator boss’ rule? I feel like that old cartoon depicting a teacher not willing to return to the classroom because of all the indignities imposed upon her. One doesn’t realize that an adult is being addressed until the last frame!
    Ah well, your blog can’t serve as my diary but if I keep a diary, this is what I might have written. Thanks for reading!

    • Hello Really Rosie,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your misfortunes. I’m glad you were able to relax a bit. I remember when I got into a terrible moped accident. I went to school in a wheelchair with my face bandaged. At the time I had to work, because of circumstances. It was super tough. I got through with friends and family who helped me. I hope your friends and family are near you.

  3. I just found your 30goals challenge a week ago and decided it is what I needed to do. I completed goal 1 with Penzu. I have always tried to keep a journal but haven’t been consistent. Now, I plan to make it permanent. Also, I completed goal 2 and am starting 3. I don’t think I can do it in 30 days but will certainly enjoy the learning experience. I have started my blog, class blog and am excited to learn so much. Thanks Shelly.

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