Carrying Conversations: 10 Lessons Learned from Learners

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:

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.

Important News

  • 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!

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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, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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