Let Them Explore #30GoalsEdu

Goal 27: Let Them Explore of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“Children are born passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them. If we attempt to control, manipulate, or divert this process…the independent scientist in the child disappears.” ~ John Holt

In goal 26, we talked about nurturing curiosity. One of the reasons schools fail to nurture curiosity is because the curriculum fails to provide students enough time to explore and experiment with new knowledge. When our learners are introduced to new material, they are often provided with tons of information to digest. What if we changed the dynamic? What if our students walked into our classes and just had a question to work with? What if we wrote one statement, word, or question on the board, then offered students a chance to search online for as much information as they could? What if we gave our students time to ask other students about the topic and see what information they could gather as a group? I bet many of our students would find some of the information their textbooks detail.

Many of us will begin a new semester with students. We have some experience teaching with our current curriculums. We have the ability to inspect our curriculum and make changes.  We have the power to teach our subject matter in various ways. We can take out some of the tests and have students complete projects instead.


Short-term– Review your curriculum and change at least one lesson plan or assessment to support student exploration and experimentation.

Long-term– Throughout the year begin to provide less information to students and have them complete tasks that help them discover the information on their own.


The following resources will help you adapt your curriculum to support student exploration and experimentation.

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Change at least one lesson plan or assessment to support student exploration and experimentation.

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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 TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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