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1st Edition

The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers
Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching

ISBN 9780415735346
Published December 3, 2014 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

How does a teacher know whether he or she is benefitting learners? What do educators do when they have questions about the best way to integrate new technologies into their classrooms? What should a teacher do to avoid burnout? Who will mentor the teacher who takes on these questions?

The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers takes you on a personal journey to accomplish manageable goals, reflect on your experiences, and regain your spark and confidence in teaching. This innovative approach will help you reconnect to your students, improve your classroom practice, and help you transform as an educator. To ensure your success and growth, you will find:

  • 30 short-term goals to complete at your own pace
  • 30 long-term goals that relate to the short-term goals
  • Exercises throughout to help you consider each goal
  • Examples of how the goal has been accomplished in different teaching contexts
  • Tips for the successful completion of the goals
  • Reflection areas to document the result of accomplishing the goal
  • A resource list with free web tools and apps related to the goal’s task

Table of Contents

Meet the Author

The 30 Goals Challenge: Welcome to the Movement

The Birth of an EduMovement: The History of The 30 Goals Challenge

Chapter 1 Goal: Envision Your Greatness

Chapter 2 Goal: Create Your Teaching Manifesto

Chapter 3 Goal: Cultivate Relationships

Chapter 4 Goal: Partner With Parents

Chapter 5 Goal: Integrate Technology Effectively

Chapter 6 Goal: Show Them How to Navigate the Web Intelligently

Chapter 7 Goal: Help Them Reflect on Their Online Behavior

Chapter 8 Goal: Reflect Through a Blog

Chapter 9 Goal: Build a Teacher Survival Kit

Chapter 10 Goal: Send Them on Learning Missions

Chapter 11 Goal: Establish a Web Presence

Chapter 12 Goal: Give Students Reign

Chapter 13 Goal: Join an Online Educator Community and Develop a PLN

Chapter 14 Goal: Avoid Burnout

Chapter 15 Goal: Send a Future Message

Chapter 16 Goal: Dare Them

Chapter 17 Goal: Re-evaluate Value

Chapter 18 Goal: Invite Them In

Chapter 19 Goal: Rethink Student Behavior and Classroom Management

Chapter 20 Goal: Spread Your Message

Chapter 21 Goal: Make It Fun

Chapter 22 Goal: Make a Global Connection

Chapter 23 Goal: Plant a Seed of Belief

Chapter 24 Goal: Change Your Environment

Chapter 25 Goal: Collaborate with Colleagues

Chapter 26 Goal: Encourage Play

Chapter 27 Goal: Shake Things Up

Chapter 28 Goal: Show Your Appreciation

Chapter 29 Goal: Manifest an Idea

Chapter 30 Goal: Celebrate Your Achievements


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Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and online instructor. She is the co-founder of the award winning #Edchat movement.


"This book might appeal to teachers who are in need of some general professional development ideas, want to reboot their teaching - or need to think more positively about their job! To this end, the book provides some guidance and structure and guidance. However, it does not replace face-to-face professional dialogue or a rich and grounded professional develoment programme completed alongside school colleagues" - Melissa Glackin, School Science Review

"Few people are as hard working as Shelly Terrell. Besides all of her other accomplishments and contributions to education, Shelly has now crafted a guide that is a must for every person in education! The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers is filled with great ideas that are easy to accomplish but that you can gain great growth from. It is a must read!" - Todd Nesloney, Author, TCEA Classroom Teacher of the Year, and Principal, Navasota, Texas

"Shelly offers fresh ideas for any teacher looking to transform the classroom into a more authentic, meaningful space for students. Whether you are brand new to the profession or a seasoned veteran, you will appreciate the practical framework offered through these thirty goals." - John Spencer, Author and Middle School Teacher, Phoenix, Arizona

"All in all, I believe that this book is suitable for any teacher who wants to transform their teaching. It is a great resource for teachers who are keen to improve their teaching, develop a greater connection with their students and colleagues, keep up to date with the latest educational technologies and grow as professionals."
-Sarah Williams, English Australia Journal