Goal 17: Help Them Shine! #30Goals

Goal 17 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011

Anecdote by David Warr (@DavidWarr)- “When I was with Gladstone, I felt I was with the most intelligent person in the world, but when I was with Disraeli, I felt I was the most intelligent person in the world.”


Short-term-Have your students share with the class something they are talented at doing.

Long-term– In what ways can you continue to help your students feel and see their worth and value? How can we continue to inspire confidence in our students so they don’t seek their value in negative outlets?

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Some lesson ideas include…


Due to traveling in the UK with little access, we took this week to play catch up on the first 16 goals. We are back on schedule this week except for the podcasts. I will try to get the podcasts up this weekend!


Have your students share with the class something they are talented at doing.

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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. Great quote about Disraeli. He was a master communicator and persuader. Do you know of any good books on him?
    Also totally agree that you must help students recognize their strengths. Building self-confidence is so important in life.

  2. This is a great goal. Not just for students, but for teacher colleagues as well. How can we help all of those around us — students and teachers — maximize their potential? Sometimes a few minutes of assistance and encouragement can help a colleague help students.

  3. […] engaging, knowledgeable, transformative people, including Shelly. Meeting as we did led to Goal #17 “Help them shine”, and reciprocating this is a post inspired by Goal #18 “Share a story”, […]

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