I have found so much success with One Little Word, I decided I wanted to share OLW with my fifth graders.
After reflection and goal setting for the new year, students decided on their own word.
Then, I asked them to do a quick write explaining why they chose their word. Here are some samples:
Happy New Year!
This is my third year of not having a typical New Year’s Resolution. When I made those resolutions, they lasted maybe a month. One Little Word has been very different – life changing (as cliche as it sounds). My words changed me, helped me grow into the person I wanted to become. They helped me heal. The OLW and the meaning behind it was my guide through the year.
In reality, the word never leaves me. Two years ago my word was fierce. Last year it was open. I still carry those words with me. They have become part of me.
The past several years have been about surviving – through the week, through the day, through the moment. And now, I’ve survived, healed, and accepted myself.
I am fierce. I am open.
And this year,
I will flourish.
2015’s OLW: FIERCE
I took my word to heart and I changed a great deal because of it. Not every part of what the I intended for the word stuck, for example ferocity in terms of my health. However, One Little Word stuck way longer and stronger than any resolution I have ever made, so 2016’s OLW needed to happen.
I will be open…
to new experiences.
to new opportunities.
to putting myself first.
Since beginning my blogging journey, I have been encountering this idea of One Little Word on blog after blog, never really knowing what it was all about. However, after Michelle at Big Time Literacy posted about it, I decided I needed a word too. (She bullied me into blogging after all, and now I love it.) With all of the changes in my life right now, one word to focus me sounds perfect! Now…which word…
Although I have made huge growth with confidence and ferociousness in my professional life, I need to face my personal life in the same way. I will be FIERCE in all aspects of my life this year, especially personally.
I will be FIERCE in my relationships- not tolerating being stepped on or taken advantage of. No one will talk down to me.
I will be FIERCE in my choices. Asking for help when I need it. Accepting help when it is offered. (A very smart friend told me it takes courage to accept help, something I have never been good at.)
I will be FIERCE in my actions. Making my health a priority. Working out regularly and making each workout count.
I will be scared, but I will NOT let fear hold me back. This year I am ready for FIERCE!
P.S. Have you noticed that when you spell a word too many times, it starts to look like it’s spelled wrong even though it’s right?