Shake Things Up!

Goal 18: Shake Things Up! of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” ~Anatole France

This year’s 30 Goals Challenge theme is, “This is MY Moment.” Each goal focuses on getting educators to believe their plans of action now will lead to positive changes and transformation in their teaching and learning environments. Join our our 30 Goals Facebook community to vote on goals and receive support.

Image by Jamie Keddie, LessonStream.org

My Reflection

One of my favorite activities on Jamie Keddie’s Lesson Stream site is Lying on the Pavement. Students walk in the classroom to the outline of a body. They enter into a discussion of how the body got there.

As November approaches, many of us will get into routines. Our learners will be used to our classroom environment, our instructional practices, the rules, and procedures. Procedures, rules, and routines are important. They help manage our classrooms. However, we need to make sure to throw a surprise into the mix to keep learners intrigued and thinking. In this lesson, the teacher is able to shake up the routine with masking tape and the moving of desks.

For this goal:

Short-term goal– For at least one class period, shake things up.

Long-term goal– Try to integrate tasks and activities in your curriculum that will surprise or shock students throughout the year.

Challenge:

Shake things up in your classroom. Any other ideas?

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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), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, 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 https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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