Grow Through Reflection #30GoalsEdu

Goal 29: Grow Through Reflection of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” ~ Peter F. Drucker

One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is it gives me a place to record my thoughts and beliefs throughout the year. When I read through my posts, I see how I have grown as an educator, read about my struggles, and rediscover those magical moments with my learners. 2013 is around the corner. Another year has passed where we have made an impact on our learners. As the year ends, I believe it is important we reflect on our teaching practice. Educators have tough jobs and if we aren’t participating regularly in some kind of reflective ritual we might miss the ways in which we have grown and ways in which we still need to grow. Before the year ends, let’s reflect.


Short-term– Read through your journal, blog, or diary where you have reflected throughout the year. Think about the times you felt you shined this year and what you believe contributed to these successes. Think about what you struggled with and create a plan of action to effectively deal with those struggles.

Long-term– Through out the year plan to reflect on each lesson. Think about why the lesson succeeded and how it could be improved. Regular reflection makes us more effective educators.

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Reflect on your teaching year.

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),, and on her blog,, 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

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