Goal 14: Build an Ideal Classroom Culture #30Goals

Goal 14 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011


Short-term– Observe your classroom. Watch the students’ behavior towards one another. Do they communicate with each other? Do they have trust in you? Do they get along with each other? Do they understand the rules and respect each other? Do they feel they can ask you questions? Take observation notes and determine what your classroom culture is perceived to be by these observations. Is this what you want your classroom culture to be like?
Long-term– How can you improve your classroom culture? Do you need to make changes to the environment? Do you need to rearrange desks? Do you need to have more activities that help students learn to build a connection with each other? Think of ways to implement the changes to improve your classroom culture.


“Education is the process by which the individual relates himself to the universe, give himself citizenship in the changing world, share’s the race’s mind and enfranchises his own soul.”~ John Finley



Observe your classroom. Take observation notes and determine what your classroom culture is perceived to be by these observations. Is this what you want your classroom culture to be like? How can you have your classroom culture reflect your educational philosophy?

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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. I was having such problems in my classes right at the very beginning of the year, however, I implemented some rules which my Ss liked. With the help of these rules, I was able to control the pace in the classroom. I believe that the first thing we should do is to observe the kids.If the rules we implemented are appropriate for our target group along with an “enjoyable” thing, then the miracle comes along.

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