Every Student Deserves a Hero Moment

“I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble….” – May Parker, Spider-Man II

Every student should experience a hero moment when they are challenged to accomplish a grand feat to improve the lives of others. All students should be presented with missions that require them to be brave and step out of their comfort zones in order for them to build resilience. This is especially important for our learners growing up in a digital world where they are consistently pressured to make bad choices. Throughout their lives, our students will battle with balancing their time spent on social media, cyberbullying, spreading fake news, sharing personal information, and posting pictures of themselves they might not be comfortable with. Our students need to find the strength to act nobly and use technology to make a positive impact on the world.

In my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, I introduce mission minded learning. Students are presented with a choice of digital missions with real world impact instead of typical homework or tasks. Check out the book and get your students started completing missions this year!

Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning, The 30 Goals Challenge, or Learning to Go. Ask me about training your teachers, ShellyTerrell@gmail.com!

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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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