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

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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.

1 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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