1st post in a new series: PLN Tips 4 Teachers and Goal 14: Carry a Conversation of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”~ Plato
One of my favorite reads growing up was Chicken Soup for the Soul. I learned how to be the kind of educator I can be proud of by reading these short inspirational stories. One of the anecdotes that left a great impression was about a teacher who had a student she did not like. The teacher judged the student by how dirty he was and how he dressed. One day he gave her a used gift. Later she found out it used to belong to his mother and that he gave it to the teacher because the mom had passed away and he felt compelled to give it to his teacher. The teacher had misjudged the student and didn’t realize this until she had a conversation with the student. I took this to heart when teaching my most challenging students. I remember one threw a chair at me and instead of sending him to the office I had a conversation with him. He was struggling with emotional issues with his dad. He never threw a chair at me again.
Important insight and powerful reflection can occur when we carry conversations with our students. Below are a few of these insights blogged about by other classroom teachers. These posts offer insight and deep reflection. I hope that they will encourage you to take the time to listen to your students this year and learn how to be a better educator by reflecting on their words.
10 Posts of Lessons Learned from Learners
These posts are in no particular order:
- Let Them Do It Their Way by Mbteach
- “How Do You Think Your Mother Felt When I Called To Say You Were Doing Well In Class?” by Larry Ferlazzo
- Love Them Before You Know Them by Greta Sandler
- Truffulas, Thneeds, and Barbaloots: Realer Than We Realize by Mr. Foteah
- I Screw Up and Come Out Ahead by Devin Black
- Classroom Leadership: From Compliant Kids to Ethical Thinkers by John Spencer
- Check Yes or No by Mari Sides
- The Story of the Child That Changed Me by Pernille Ripp
- Honoring a Student’s Strength: Daniel by Chris Wejr
- Courage by George Couros
The 30 Goals Challenge
As part of The 30 Goals Challenge I would like to inspire you to accomplish these goals:
Short-term– Take the time to have a conversation with one of the students who you are struggling with this week. Blog about what you learned. You can even blog about it here if you do not have your own blog.
Long-term– Make it a habit to have at least one conversation with a student a day. This goal is similar to last year’s goal: Ask a Learner.
- Lisa Dabbs and I have decided to change the hashtag to #30GoalsEdu.
- 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.
- Check out my Pinterests for other posts with this goal or ask me to add yours!
Have a conversation with one of your students you are struggling with. If you feel inclined, share any insight gleaned from this conversation.
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 #30GoalsEDU, posting on the 30 Goals Facebook group, adding a post to the GooglePlus page, or adding a comment below!
Be inspired with these Inspirational songs, videos, quotes, and more on my Pinterest board, Inspiration for World Changers!