Prepare for the Battle #30GoalsEdu

Goal 30: Prepare for the Battle    of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”~ Ben Sweetland

Teaching is a tough job with an important mission. Each year, educators are responsible for preparing students to be lifelong learners. We cannot afford to take our jobs lightly, because each time we are with our learners, we impact them. Our learners take something from us each time whether it be positive or negative. It could be a nugget of knowledge, motivation to explore, inspiration or support. If we do not actively ensure our students leave us with a positive attitude towards learning, then we may leave them with a negative impression of learning. Millions of students leave classrooms with negative impressions of learning. They think learning is tedious and boring.

The 30 Goals for Educators is away to remind us of the importance of our jobs. Each time we tackle a goal, we reflect on our teaching practice. We aim to be better educators. We rediscover our passion for teaching. Congratulations for joining me in the journey to improve our instructional practice. Even if you only accomplished 1 of the 30 goals, you should feel proud. It means that you dedicated yourself to improving as an educator and this step has impacted your students in ways you may never know. When educators continue to reflect on their practice and take actions to improving their instructional practice, this directly impacts students in positive ways. It may be that we walk into our classrooms more confident and prepared. It may be that we enjoy teaching more than we used to. It may be we understand our learners more and support their learning more effectively.

Educators are constantly battling burning out, supporting their students, engaging parents, working with administrators, and more. By attempting to connect with other educators and accomplish goals you are preparing yourself for the battles you will continuously face as an educator. Every teacher needs a support system. Every teacher needs to be connected to other educators passionate about teaching. We cannot afford to be complacent. Therefore, for the last goal I encourage you to reflect on specific battles you will face in 2013 and begin to arm yourself with resources and support in the areas you struggle with. Connect with other educators online who can offer you the support you need. Read their blogs. Ask them questions.

Thank you so much for joining me for the 3rd cycle of the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. I hope to see you in 2013! Have a safe and happy New Year! Thank you so much for being a part of my growth as an educator. You have inspired me, supported me, enlightened me, and challenged me. I feel very blessed to connect with you.


Short-term– Connect with teachers online who can help you with one of the struggles you will face in 2013. Read their blogs, listen to their podcasts, attend their webinars, read their books, follow them on Twitter, or connect with them on Facebook.

Long-term– Arm yourself with resources to be successful in 2013. Bookmark them and make sure to add these resources in a place you can access them when you need them. If you have a smartphone, download apps that allow you to have these resources in your pocket.

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Arm yourself with resources to be successful in 2013.

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


  1. Coincidentally, I set similar goals so I’m browsing, downloading, bookmarking etc. just to have enough resources at hand. Then, I will try to make extend use of them in my teaching practice. Thanks for sharing resources and ideas.

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