Goal: From the Heart to the Mind

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

“Emotion helps us screen, organize and prioritize the information that bombards us. It influences what information we find salient, relevant, convincing or memorable.” – Bandes & Salerno

Our newest goal for 2015 is from Larissa Albano from Italy!

Goal: From the heart to the mind: Teach through feelings and emotions

Achieve this goal by finding a short video with an emotional appeal, dealing with topics such as friendship or bullying. Then host a discussion or debate by posting questions or getting students to share examples.

After the discussion, get students to create posters or videos relating to the topic. Check out Larissa’s example video lesson plan, You Are More Beautiful Than You Think. Also, check out Larissa’s blog for more ideas about this goal. View her video to discover the inspiration behind the goal.

New to The 30 Goals Challenge? 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 blog reflection or status update on our Facebook community or on Twitter, @30GoalsEdu . At our official site,  30Goals.com, find all the goals, participant reflections, badges, and get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Classroom workbook. Click here to discover all the 2015 goals!

11911037_882794315137079_149485328_nBio Larissa Albano is a CertTesol certified English teacher.
She started working in the language industry in 2009 as one-to-one language tutor in a school of languages in Rome. She set up her own language studio in her hometown in 2011. Since then she has been teaching children, teenagers and adults in small groups. She teaches without the support of course books because she prefers using the GTD method which involves the following three key elements: GAME, TECH and DAILY LIFE.  She believes in the continuing professional development, thus, she attends several seminars and webinars related to teaching English as a foreign language and interacts with a highly qualified PLN. Larissa loves sharing her teaching ideas and experiences with other teachers all over the world by blogging on Larissa’s Languages. Her blog won the British Council Teaching English Award For Innovative Teaching Ideas twice and has been nominated for the best teaching blog by several websites, such as Macmillan and Edublogs. Moreover, she is a Teaching English associate and writes posts for the British Council Teaching English blog.  She held her first TEFL workshop at the TESOL Italy’s 39th National Convention about teaching teenagers. Her motto is MAKING MISTAKES IS BETTER THAN NOT TRYING AT ALL!

Current 2015 Goals


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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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