Goal: Share Your Best/Worst Lesson by Terry Freedman

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful!

Goal: Share your best and/or worst lesson. This goal was inspired by Terry Freedman’s Best/Worst Lessons series. In this video, Terry (@TerryFreedman) shares his inspiration behind the series and how reflecting on our best and worst lessons helps enhance our teaching.

Accomplish this goal:  Share your best and/or worst lesson through a blog, podcast, or vodcast. Why do you think it was your best/worst lesson? What factors led to this lesson succeeding or going awry? What did you learn from the experience?

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Edtech guru, Terry Freedman, introducing me to London’s digital library (2012).

About About Terry Freedman (@TerryFreedman) Terry is the author of the ICT and Computing In Education blog, The Amazing Web 2.0 Book, and Coming of Age: An Introduction to the New World Wide Web. Terry has contributed articles to a wide range of British and overseas journals, both print and online, and had over 12 books published, and self-published (see a full list here). He also presents and trains teachers face to face and online (see upcoming courses here). Thousands of educators contribute and read his Digital Education newsletter. Subscribe here for free!

Shelly‘s Worst Lesson
About 7 years ago, I fooled myself into believing I was a pro with facing new learners. I was in Germany, teaching about 20 children between the ages of six- to seven-years-old who spoke and understood very little English. On the first day, I received a less than warm welcome. The children ran around the classroom flying paper airplanes. They climbed the walls, literally, because there were apparatus where the mats should be hanging, not the children. They picked on a little boy and I couldn’t get them to stop.

I cried that day when I went home and reflected on all my mistakes. One of the biggest was my classroom set-up and organization. In my Master’s course, I was introduced to Alfie Kohn’s theories on rewards and competition. I went back to my class and started setting up learning stations, created activities that inspired cooperation instead of competition, created student teams, and I got rid of my award system. My classroom transformed with these changes. The students began to get along and when they finished with their work early, they enjoyed playing educational games and reading at the learning stations. These changes took some time but they were important in transforming my classes into communities where the children learned the importance of valuing each other.

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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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