Reflections of Blending English and Technology in the Classroom


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Last week I started following and connecting with enpsteacher on Twitter. Reflection on an interaction we had has led to the post you are now reading. We were discussing how to assess student creativity on assignments/projects with thenerdyteacher when enpsteacher suggested a category on a student rubric labeled as “go all out” . This “go all out” category would be difficult to assess yes, but aren’t most of the things we grade subjective? #GOALLOUT began morphing into more than just a measure of creativity on a rubric and at the end of the exchange  we decided to adopt the slogan as our motto for the year. #GOALLOUT would be the focus for teachers, students, and administrators – producing the most effective year ever on record. Although it may have originally been amusing and unintentional, I have decided to adopt this for my focus. I promise to #goallout this year – for my students and myself. I am willing to put in the hard work because I know success and effective, engaging teaching will not fall into my lap. It is not easy to be an exceptional teacher, or else everyone would be one. I do not want to be remembered by my students as a mediocre teacher, I want to be remembered as someone who has influenced their lives and made them thirst for knowledge. It is with this thirst that I will make little differences and send them out into the world to make big ones. I will be prepared, I will challenge thinking, I will engage students, and I will demand greatness. I realize that this is the only 2010-2011 school year my students will have in their lives. I will not take the easy way out and slide by with poor lessons or useless assignments; nor will I allow my students to coast through the year and end up in the same place they began. This year I will #GOALLOUT – will you?


Written by sfarnsworth

August 23, 2010 at 2:52 am

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  1. Great post! #GoAllOut should be th goal of every teacher in every school. I know I will be trying the same thing this school year. Keep in touch because I want to hear how the school year goes.

    – Nick

    Nicholas Provenzano

    August 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

  2. BRAVO!, you are the first teacher ever to get me moved by such a speech, I thought for a second that you’re the president or something!, Very powerful speech. Yes, I’m planning to do the same with who ever wanted me to teach them. One more thing, can you be my teacher? 😀


    August 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

  3. Sounds great, Shaelynn! Certain aspects of assessing will (and should) always be subjective, and I like that enthusiasm for teaching and learning!


    August 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

  4. WOW! I love this post! You have made my day! No, most likely, you just made my whole summer!

    I am so happy our interactions led this this uplifting and inspiring post! I know teachers around the blog will be encouraged and motivated by this post. I will link to it immediately on my own blog. YES!

    Hey, what about a catch phrase?


    *”If it’s worth doing,
    #GOALLOUT when doing it!!!”


    *”Don’t teach like a wimp: #GOALLOUT”

    too mean? what about:


    *”A good teacher’s heart shouts, #GOALLOUT”

    haha.. it kinda rhymes…I could do this all day…


    August 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

  5. by the way, would you mind linking to my blog as opposed to my twitter account? I am trying to build up a following. I would appreciate it!


    August 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

  6. […] To read this amazing  post, click here: #GOALLOUT […]

  7. Amazing! I am so glad I met you, and I am able to learn with you and from you. As I enter our first year of 1:1, I know it will be a learning process. I am thankful for teachers like you who are supporting us newbies. Looking forward to our collaboration…

    I am all about #GOALLOUT


    Erin Olson

    August 24, 2010 at 4:12 am

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