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 is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.


  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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