Goal 5: Feed Yourself Inspiration #30Goals

Goal 5 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!

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.~ Arnold H. Glasow

Short-term– Create a list of quotes, songs, images, videos, and more that inspire you to be a great educator. Share this list with us. Then let us know where you will place these sources of inspiration so that you will see them daily and they will fuel you with the passion and motivation to be an inspired educator.

Long-term– You have other personal goals to accomplish. Begin to find sources of inspiration for those goals and place them where you will constantly see them. Begin to have rituals such as running and listening to a playlist that will help inspire you to live life on fire. Have your students create these lists as well and motivate them to feed themselves with inspiration to accomplish their goals.

Ideas of How to Feed Your Inspiration Daily

  • Create a collage of your sources of inspiration and hang it on the wall.
  • Leave post it notes with inspirational quotes in your car, bathroom wall, or any other place you frequent.
  • Have your favorite images and quotes on your screensaver and set it to where it comes on enough times for you to be able see it throughout the day.
  • Post these sources of inspirations on your classroom wall.
  • Set-up Google alerts with special messages.
  • Post the message on your bathroom mirror.
  • Place these on the refrigerator.
  • Share one of these ideas daily on Facebook.

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

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Create a list of quotes, songs, images, videos, and more that inspire you to be a great educator.

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. […] Goal 5 for the 30 Goals Challenge is to share sources of inspiration, those artifacts that keep us uplifted and motivated as educators. There is an amazing wealth of inspiration online and I find it challenging to organize it all. I use folders and favourites, bookmarks and Google Docs, journal entries and Post-Its, Evernote and Instapaper, Delicious and Dropbox. I guess one way of looking at is I can stumble upon my growing treasure of inspirational gems anywhere and any time! […]

  2. A friend of mine always has an inspirational quote as part of her email signature – the best part? When she gets inspired – she changes her quote! I love that it si always changing and that is inspiring to me!

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