Let Them Speak Up #30GoalsEdu

Goal 19: Let Them Speak Up of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

Student voice is an important part of any curriculum. Without engaging a student then the learning becomes tedious, boring, and overwhelming. Students want to make a connection to their learning. They want to see how the knowledge they are acquiring relates to the world around them and how they can use it in their present and future. The problem with traditional teaching that dedicates a majority of the instructional time to lecturing from the teacher and another portion to bookwork is that the student doesn’t get to speak up, add an opinion, or contribute. When students are silent they don’t get to relate to the learning, add their experiences to the learning, or make a connection.

For goal 19, I would like to encourage you to think about the amount of instructional time you dedicate to student voice. How does this time compare to the amount of time dedicated to lecturing, bookwork, quizzes, and other tasks where students remain silent or are tied to answering only through multiple choice questions?

Many types of technologies can help us increase student input in our classes. Below are a few ideas:

Short-term– Take one class period and dedicate a majority of the time to student input. You can use any of the suggested online tools. Reflect on the outcome.

Long-term– Try incorporating more tasks and activities to increase student input in your classes. This may be uncomfortable at first, because it is a struggle for teachers to let go of the control.

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Increase student input in at least one lesson.

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!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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