Goal: Explore a Past Reflection

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

“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.” – Yvonne Woon

Goal: Explore past reflections and reflect on what they reveal about your growth, ideologies, and beliefs about teaching and learning.

Accomplish this goal: Look at past blog posts, journal entries, podcasts, or video reflections from last year or years ago. Find some of your earliest posts and repost it on your blog if you’d like. Feel free to share a past reflection you are proud of with our 30 Goals Community.

Consider the following when reading your archived reflections: How have you grown? Do you still believe what you expressed in those reflections? How do these reflections impact your teaching and the kind of teacher you want to be?

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Since I was 6 years-old, I have written in notebooks and I still have many of my journal entries from my teens. This year I moved to a new city and ran into some of these entries. I am always enlightened by my past writings. They take me back to obstacles, challenges, successes, and ideas. Many are emotional outpourings. These writings remind me of promises I made to myself. Sometimes, I realize I haven’t kept these promises and they urge me to take new steps towards those goals.

Lately, I’ve also looked at past blog posts. I have been blogging since 2009. These posts remind me of why I teach the way I do and give so much. Other entries remind me that if I have a struggle it will get better with time and that I have the strength to overcome because I have overcome obstacles in the past. My past posts also take me back to ideas that never came into fruition. My mind gets excited about seeing these ideas through with the newest resources I know about to make the outcomes better.

I believe reflecting through our past teaching selves reminds us of why we became teachers and what beliefs we have stuck with throughout the years. Our past reflections are powerful reminders of the struggles we faced and overcame. Past reflections excite us, empower us, and help us grow in the right direction.

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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


  1. Hey! I have been reading your post for a while now and I really like it. Keep up the good work!

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