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 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. 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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