Goal 6: Invite Them In #30Goals

Goal 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011


Short-term– Brainstorm ways to invite a teacher, parent, or administrator to see the learning taking place in your classroom. You can do this by publishing your students’ work online on a wiki, blog, or school website. You can Ustream a lesson. You can create a video with the kids and have a movie night where you invite the staff and parents to watch the class videos while eating snacks!

Long-term– In what ways can you be more transparent? How can you make your instruction transparent to others at least once a week? Do you currently publish students’ work online or have your lesson plans available for the parents to see what is happening in the classroom?


“There is no persuasiveness more effectual than the transparency of a single heart, of a sincere life.”

by Joseph Barber Lightfoot


Evelyn Azbell, who writes for the Parent Educator Connection Blog, will be listing the blogs of those completing the challenges. You can find her on Twitter, @CESA9_12WSPEI.

If you fill out this Google Form I can get Evelyn a list of the blogs and I will also be able to get your Twitter handle to create a list of participants! 🙂


This week, invite a teacher, parent, or administrator to see the learning taking place in your classroom.

Did you reflect on this goal? Please leave a comment that you accomplished this goal by either posting your own video reflection on Youtube, using the hashtag #30Goals, posting on the 30 Goals Facebook group, adding a post to the 43 Things web/mobile app, or adding a comment below! Feel free to subscribe to The 30 Goals podcast!

Keep an eye out for the book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, that will be published by Eye on Education in the Fall of 2011!

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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), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, 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 https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. Thanks for the interesting goal. While I’m not an educator in the classroom, I do work to educate students via an online technology. I’m working to think about how I can increase the transparency of what I do while still protecting user privacy, which is of the utmost importance.

    While I think we do a good job of telling students what they can and can’t do on our site, I think we can always improve our processes….I’m brainstorming ways to make it better….

    • That’s what I struggle with as well, protecting the student’s privacy while getting as much out there as possible!

      There must be some PLN members who are “experts”, or at least very experienced at this. It would be great to get a collection of ideas together on how to invite in without compromising privacy.

  2. totally agree with this transparency issue – and want to link it to QC and marketing. From this month we are inviting all our students/parents to join their class on Edmodo. Here we share screen shots of board work, audio, video shorts, homework assignments, links, project collaboration, attendance, calendar, +101 other super useful things added on to weekly class reports.

    We work so hard to make great classes happen, but the magic quickly washes off afterwards. Long thought we need to educate parents & show ourselves off much better. With Edmodo we can do this week in, week out.

    And transparent is the key word. Or is it trainparent?

    Keep up the awesome work ST.


  3. I’m working on this goal right now with the school I used to teach at. How are we becoming more transparent for the parent/school relationship: encouraging students to use Twitter throughout the day to reflect on learning so that parents get an inside view of what happens in the classroom every day. We are syncing those tweets to FaceBook as well!

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