Goal: Revamp a Lesson

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

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey

Goal: Improve a lesson plan or activity to create a meaningful learning experience for your students. This can be a previous lesson you feel students have struggled with in the past or you can adapt a lesson plan you find on a website. Find 1000s of lesson plans and tips for lesson planning here.

Here are a few ideas to make a lesson more engaging:

  • Transform the lesson into a learning mission. Find tips and resources here.
  • Add a technology component. Find my technology integration tips here.
  • Add some humor to the lesson. Find tips and resources here.
  • Bring your textbook to life. Find tips and resources here.
  •  Make the lesson more hands-on.
  • Get students moving. Find tips and resources here.
  • Change the environment. Take the lesson outside or change the classroom setup.
  • Start the lesson in a new way. Find tips and resources here.

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Badge Adapt a LessonNew 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. ​

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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

One comment

  1. Loving this goal! I think all teachers should revamp all their lessons and your suggestions are excellent. Anyway your idea about the 30 goals a year is brilliant. Firstly, I though this goal could be quite challenging but I liked the idea, so I revamped the lessons of my Open Educational Project. I used all your ideas and suggestions and some of my ideas so I created quite engaging lessons. Thank you for sharing your fresh ideas and make possible that some teacher could change their teaching way.

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