Goal 8: Share an Activity #30GoalsEdu

Goal 8 of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the new changes to this year’s 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”~George Bernard Shaw

Short-term– share an activity you believe worked well with learners. You can describe it in a blog or post it to this sticky wall.

Long-term– continue to share activities and lessons you believe are effective with your colleagues and encourage them to share as well. You might create a blog where these ideas are shared. Posterous is an easy blogging tool. You can have your colleagues post the ideas by simply sending an email.

At the beginning of this month, I had the great opportunity to observe Chia Suan Chong‘s adult English class. I enjoyed her teaching and will share a specific activity she did that I believe is effective and would work for any class. The activity helps students remember their names and helps build class connections. You can watch the activity in the video.

Introduction Ball Activity

Purpose– remember classmates’ names and get to know each other
Materials– a small ball the students can throw around
Instructions– tell students to throw a ball to another student, say the name of the student, and either recite something interesting about the person or ask the student a question.
Additional notes– Chia had them answer questions about themselves at the beginning so they learned about each other. At the end, have the students throw the ball only saying the name. Chia told them to do this as fast as possible.
**My Favorite Part– Unfortunately, I didn’t record the part where Chia’s students changed the activity. They began throwing the ball and asking each other questions. This sparked more conversation and I loved that Chia just let them do this!

Thank you Chia’s class for letting me record this great idea!

LinoIt of Teachers’ Ideas

Important News

  • Lisa Dabbs and I have decided to change the hashtag to #30GoalsEdu because we have noticed some sports people using the hashtag. Please make the transition.
  • I have been traveling a lot so sorry I missed last week’s goal. This week I will update the Pinterest boards and begin commenting and sharing your posts so please continue to share!
  • 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.

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Share an effective activity with another educator.

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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.


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