Goal 19: Avoid Burn-Out #30Goals

Goal 19 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”~ Mary Anne Radmacher


Short-term-Take at least one hour for yourself where you don’t dwell on your role as an educator but instead give your time to relax and have some fun.

Long-term– Begin to schedule weekly even daily times where you leave your work as an educator behind and aim for balance. We can’t save them all. We have to try to find away to let go. How can we best do this?

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Take at least one hour for yourself where you don’t dwell on your role as an educator but instead give your time to relax and have some fun.

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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. Hi, Shelly! You are so right! All the time I find myself thinking about future/past lessons, what to do next/what I should have done, and I feel that there is no harmony in my life. I give private lessons to 37 students with different needs and abilities. I usually have 6-7 one-hour-lessons a day (every day) and spend 2-3 hours getting ready for them. Searching for new exciting material/ideas, creating/remaking my own things takes up the rest of the day. I’m trying not to look at the mess in my house, garden and relationships with other people. I’ve got a 2-year-old daughter who wants attention all the time, a husband who replies to all my “I’m coming! As soon as I’m done with this!” with “You’ll never be” and he’s right. When I think about my lessons or the material I’ve created so far I feel so overwhelmed with the feeling that I can and should do better, that I have to change everything I’ve done.But I love teaching. I can’t think of doing anything else.And I’m so happy that there are a lot of people (educators 🙂 around the world who share and help each other. I really can’t understand how you manage to do so much, Shelly!Thanks for your posts and have a good day!As for me, I’m going to learn how to relax 🙂

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