Goal 11: Give Students Reign #30Goals

Goal 11 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sorry this goal was a little late! I was enjoying a nice Valentine’s day!


Short-term– Let your students make the majority of the choices for one class period. Let them do the teaching and leading of the learning. Act as a facilitator.

Long-term– Try allowing your students to have reign of an entire class period once a month and if you’re really brave then once a week.


“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, The Ascent of Man

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Let your students make the majority of the choices for one class period. Let them do the teaching and leading of the learning. Act as a facilitator.

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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. It’s true that students will at first be a bit chaotic but that’s because they’re not used to such ideas. But in the long run, after a few runs, I’m sure the students are more likely to react positively to this exercise. Great ideas! Wish I had teachers like these when I was in school.

  2. Praise thee for your out of box thinking.
    However, it is an impractical step to simply give one’s student reign when they are not use to thinking for themselves. The current teaching method leaves little to no real input from the students. They sit. Listen. Write notes. Memorize. Rinse and repeat. That is it! When we compare to the ancient Greeks where students where taught to question and think for themselves, to engage one another in furthering their ability to reason and truly grow. These types of students could indeed be given reign since they were thought to think but not the ones of our era. It would quickly turn chaotic and disorganized. Only half of the students (I’m being nice here) would truly be engage in the event and the other would merely fool around and not take this seriously. Unless there is a major shift in the mindset of both the students and the educators, this will merely remain a wishful dream full of impracticalities and chaos.

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