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 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.

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