Goal: Build Your Teacher Survival Kit

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

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy

When I first began teaching, I remember meeting a veteran teacher who carried a big bag with her everywhere. I forgot what the situation was but I remember her coming to the rescue with masking tape, scissors, and Post It notes. She told me she always carried those things among other items like dry erase markers, poster putty, and so forth as a teacher, because she had learnt that situations always arise when she needed these items. That left a huge impression on me and I kept thinking of this as a survival kit. I write about building a teacher’s survival kit in my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. Below is a Glogster with some of the items that were part of my kit for teaching children. Generally, I recommend having a ball, masking tape, playdough, a mobile device with apps, graphic organizers, some icebreakers, flashcards, and chants/music. Scroll to the bookmarks to find ideas for using all these tools.

Aussie PouchComplete this goal: Take a pic of your kit, create a graphic, or write a blog post and share it in the comments below, on our 30 Goals Facebook Group, or tweet it to @30GoalsEDU! One of your posts will be chosen to receive the Aussie Pouch! Please tag @AussiePouch on your tweets. The contest ends September 30th, but please feel free to complete this goal at anytime. The lucky winner will be sent their Aussie Pouch soon after.

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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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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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