Cultivate Relationships #30GoalsEdu

Goal 21: Cultivate Relationships of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” ~ Galileo

Classrooms are communities. Educators should be supported in taking the time to implement community building tasks in order for a classroom to be a successful community that learns, collaborates, and works together. Our students must spend countless hours together daily with the goal of learning as much as they can. It surprises me that classes are not often treated like communities and community building exercises are not included in the curriculum. Students need to build relationships with their peers in order to prevent issues with bullying and ensure the support of one another in succeeding in learning goals. These can include team building activities, icebreakers, getting-to-know you activities, relationship building activities, and collaborative tasks that teach students how to respect each other and build a community of trust. You can find a list of icebreakers for teens and adults here and activities for kids here.

For goal 21, I would like to encourage you to try one getting to know you activity with your students. One of my personal favorites is the 3, 2, 1 activity in which a student creates a digital story detailing 3 things we should know about them, 2 of their favorite foods, and 1 job they would enjoy having in the future. View many examples here.

Short-term– Have your students participate in at least one getting-to-know you activity.

Long-term– Try incorporating team building games and exercises as well as icebreakers in your curriculum regularly.

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Challenge:

Cultivate relationships in your classroom by having students participate in getting to know you activities.

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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

One comment

  1. Thank you for sharing this Shelly. It is so true that the micro-community within classrooms are so often overlooked and forgotten particularly in the face of achievement and goals of improving statistics.

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