Goal: Send Them on Learning Missions

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!

“People don’t have a propensity for laziness. People have a propensity for hard work. It just needs to be work that matters to them.” – Jane McGonigal

Goal: Send them on learning missions.

To accomplish this goal, transform an activity or task into a mission. You can learn more about the process and see examples in the slide presentation below and also read about this in chapter 10 of The 30 Goals Challenge book.

In spy movies, the agents are given a mission to accomplish for a specific reason. They are given background information or do research to accomplish their mission. They realize that their mission is tied to a meaningful purpose. In the same way, we should tie learning and activities to a meaningful purpose. Instead of learning fractions by completing problems in the book, students can contribute a recipe to a class book that offers healthy choices to the community. The students learn fractions by converting the recipe quantities.

Below is another example:

Mission: Snap a photo of graffiti you think is art. In a video or presentation app, tell us why you think it is art versus just graffiti.
What You’ll Need: An app like Instagram, Voicethread, or Fotobabble.
Points Worth: 10

Add badges, points, word lists, or resources to the mission. You can make images of each mission and post them in your online space or on Instagram. The slideshow below shows more examples:

Accomplishing this challenge supports the following goals in the book:

  • Send Them on Learning Missions
  • Integrate Technology Effectively
  • Make it Fun

Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community, Twitter (#30GoalsEdu), or Instagram.com/30goals. At our official site, 30Goals.com, find all the goals, participant reflections, badges, and get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers workbook. We also post new/former goals each year that you can choose to accomplish with several of us. Find all the 2015 goals here!

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. 

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This is a goal from our previous cycles and also part of the the Educator Learning Series (#EduLS) lead by Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd).

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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