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 (@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. 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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