Goal #3: Ask a Learner #30goals

Goal 3 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2012! Click the link to find out more about the new changes to this year’s 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” ~Ann Lieberman


Short-term– Ask a learner about his/her learning style and/or habits by conducting a video, audio, or written interview. If you don’t have a blog please post any of your creations on Twitter using the #30Goals hashtag or as a comment on this blog. This goal was inspired by Marti Side’s interview with her son Ryley.

Long-term– Continue to ask learners what they feel about various issues they face when learning. For example, ask them how they feel about grading, learning with textbooks, what they dislike about school, how they would run a school, and more. Use these answers to help design your curriculum and redesign your classroom environment and policies.

Two Student Interviews

Here are 2 student interviews as examples. In the first one I interview an 11 year-old blogger about her use of social media and in the second one, Marti Sides, interviews her son, Ryley, about his learning style.


These resources will help you accomplish this goal:

  • Posterous– the easiest way to blog
  • Audioboo– record the story and leave a link in the comment’s section
  • Create a Youtube video and I’ll add it to our 30 Goals Youtube Playlist
  • Glogster- an interactive poster that allows video embedding
  • WebDocs- an interactive poster that allows video embedding
  • SoundCloud– great audio tool used by Tyson Seburn in his #2 goal.
  • Oovuo– record video calls for free
  • Juliana’s blog, Beauties and Fame!

2012 Changes

  • This year we are focusing on 1 to 2 goals a week in order to have time to really reflect on the tasks and respond to each other’s posts and enhance our support system for each other.

Other Posts

Check out my Pinterests for other posts with this goal or ask me to add yours!


Ask a student about his/her learning habits or style.

Did you reflect on this goal? Please leave a comment that you accomplished this goal by either posting your own video reflection on Youtube, using the hashtag #30Goals, posting on the 30 Goals Facebook group, adding a post to the GooglePlus page, or adding a comment below!

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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. Hello! It’s a little hard to accomplish my third Goal… But I asked my students about their learning process. One of my students answered the interview as a comment on my blog!! And on Wednesday I will try to record them speaking!This is going to be great!

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