Number One: Be A Beam – The 30 Goals Challenge

First of all, I would like to thank Shelly Terrell for this fantastic idea of the 30 goals for education – and for everything she does! Many thanks also to Lisa Dabbs  who is taking part in this.

Be A Beam For Other Teachers

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Whether you work in a private or public school or are a freelancer, you almost daily come into contact with other educators. Perhaps you do this through various social media, such as Twitter or Facebook, to name a couple. Even tiny things that you do to motivate yourself can help others as well.

Share your lesson plans and ideas with other teachers. They might benefit from these as well, or even tell you what worked for them and what did not – then you can improve or see what really works by getting feedback on your own work.

  • Try to attend as many workshops and seminars as possible. Network with other teachers. I have noticed that I always meet new people at these events and we exchange e-mails and phone numbers and try to keep in contact, in order to discuss what else? Our favourite topic: education! We share ideas, experiences and we constantly learn from each other.
  • Give someone a big smile or a pat on the back in the hallway. If you are rushing from class to class and have no time to speak at length with other teachers, even a smile or pat on the back can help! It always brightens my day. Or give them small praise on something great they have done in their teaching recently. It gives people such a boost – they are literally flying to the next class!
  • Leave small notes or interesting articles in other teachers’ e-mails or lockers or trays in school. It is always nice if someone is thinking of you and what interests you – and if you are learning in the process!

Be A Beam For Your Students

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It has always been my motto that “It is always for the students”. Whatever we do, even little things can influence their whole life.

  • Give them praise. There is nothing better than students feeling the sense of achievement – it helps them continue trying and learning, no matter what age they are. Praise can come in any form, even in things not related with classwork. Perhaps you attended a concert one of your students played in. If you acknowledge to them that they were great, they know that you are interested in them doing well in all aspects of their lives.
  • Work with them on topics that they like every now and then. Maybe they are fans of a particular football team or like collecting stamps, or anything. You can build whole lessons on their interests and they will be grateful that you value them as personalities as well. They can learn from anything!
  • Be a role model. If you would like to see your students read more for instance, you have to model the specific behaviour. Take them on visits to the library. Share your enthusiasm for books and tell them about the latest book you are reading, or a book you think would interest them, or share the places you read. (My favourite reading places are trains and buses…)

Being a beam is a bilateral thing: educators and students can benefit from you, your teaching methods and personality, the same way you can receive excellent things from others who are beams for you!

So go on and shine that light! Enjoy your teaching and your relationship with other teachers and your students.

15 thoughts on “Number One: Be A Beam – The 30 Goals Challenge

  1. You’ve certainly done your share of “Give someone a big smile or a pat on the back in the hallway” in a virtual hallway for me, Vicky. Thank you for that.

    1. Tyson, I really appreciate that. Thank y o u for all the things you do in education and all the motivation you give me! I hope to meet you some day, I think we will be talking for hours!

      Thank you so much, Vicky

  2. Vicky!

    It’s awesome to have you in the challenge! These are amazing ideas! I’ve done the articles. We used to circle funny headlines in the newspaper and make funny comments and leave them on each other’s desk. It was hilarious and made us happy!

    1. Hi Shell!

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words and for the inspiration and motivation you give us all! You are amazing and I am very lucky to know you.

      What a great idea with circling the funny articles! I love that idea.

      Thank you so much,

  3. Great post, Vicky and a really important heads up. It’s easy to forget to beam as you rush your way through a busy day! And as Tyson said, thanks for your constant positive, smiling presence on Twitter.

    1. Hi Vladka!

      Thank you so much – that gives me a lot of motivation : ) I am very happy you liked the post.

      I think there are a lot of beams out there on Twitter…one of them is called Vladka!

      Many thanks, Vicky

  4. Hey miss,

    I am not a teacher but i really like these teaching methods! I think that they would work perfect and make the lesson for both students and teachers funnier!!!

    hope my teachers was acting like that! 😛

    1. Hi Panos!

      It means a lot to me that you read my post and commented – and thank you so much for the nice words! I miss you very much and I always remember the wonderful lessons. I am very proud of the wonderful person and student you are!

      Big hugs and I miss you,

  5. Βίκυ, στο ελληνικό δημόσιο σχολείο όχι μόνο δε σε εκτιμάνε όταν προσπαθείς να μοιραστείς τις ιδέες σου, αλλά σε κοιτάνε περίεργα, με μισό μάτι και σε διαβάλλουν γιατί… “Χαλάς την πιάτσα”! Δε γίνεται να δουλεύεις και να δείχνεις ζήλο γιατί χαρακτηρίζεσαι τουλάχιστον ως γραφικός. Δε γίνεται να χαμογελάς πάντα γιατί, πολύ απλά, βλέπεις τον κενό τον άνθρωπο απέναντί σου και δεν ξέρεις από πού θα σου ‘ρθει η… ριπή! Τα βιώνω καθημερινά! Ευτυχώς υπάρχουν και οι λαμπρές εξαιρέσεις, ανά την Ελλάδα, και χαίρεσαι που υπάρχουν και ζεσταίνουν τον κλάδο.

    1. Hi Marilia!

      I will answer you in English if that is okay : )

      You and other excellent teachers in Greece – please keep on doing the great things you are doing, because the schools that have you are very lucky and so are the children. Unfortunately, the educational system sometimes fails to place children in the center of attention where they deserve to be. And it happens in a lot of countries. The consolation is that there are educators like you – keep up the fantastic work, close your ears to any discouraging voices and who knows? Perhaps others will follow your example too!

      Thank you for your comment Marilia!

      Filakia, Vicky

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