Thanks to Holly Mueller for inviting me to participate in this week’s DigiLit Sunday, an idea that Margaret Simon started as a Sunday Link Up for posts about digital literacy at her blog to challenge us to share our technology journeys.
This week, a few words about One Little Word. I’ve seen many CyberColleagues choosing and blogging about OLW for a few years now, and over Christmas decided that I would choose my own OLW, then make a mini-unit as students arrived back to school in 2016 to help students choose their OLW for the year.
The bonus to this is that students will be TriBlogging—sharing their OLWs and commenting with some of their CyberClassmates: Holly’s students in Ohio, and Chanmi Chun’s students in California.
Here’s what we did…. followed by MY OLW.
We watched this intro video:
and the first 1:30 of this one:
These set the framework for thinking about the OLW.
Some other guidelines:
What is a word that will:
- help you remember who you want to be this year?
- help you remember how you want to live this year?
- motivate you?
- stretch you?
- help you accomplish your goals?
- remind you of the plans you have for yourself?
Look up the few words you’ve narrowed it down to on Dictionary.com or the app. Do they mean what you think they mean? Tap “Thesaurus” or “synonyms” and see if the similar words match what you’re thinking. Write some of these synonyms down. You may use them.
Eventually students settled on their OLW for 2016—quite a wide-range of words: from BE to BLOOM to ACHIEVE.
Before they sat down to blog about their word, we took time in groups to read one of six different OLW blogs I found. Students annotated what they noticed—what was included. We then compiled this into a Google Spreadsheet.
Here are the blog posts we used, followed by the spreadsheet of noticings.
- REMEMBERING: http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2016/01/05/my-one-little-word-for-2016-remembering/
- JOY: http://aliedwards.com/2014/12/one-little-word-2015
- SING: http://rondapalazzari.typepad.com/one_little_word/2015/01/word-up-91-sing.html
- FRESH: http://www.strongerteam.com/2016/01/05/2702/
- WAIT: http://hollymueller.blogspot.com/2016/01/slice-of-life-one-little-word-for-2016.html#comment-form
- JOY: https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/danas-one-little-word-of-2016-2/
And now I wait— to see what brilliance they come up with. How will they write about it? What graphic will they find or make to show their OLW? Can they find a quote to match? One graphic that they will have is a picture of themselves and their OLW. It will look something like this one we took at the beginning of the year, but will feature the OLW on a card, and will be used in their individual posts:
That said, here is my personal OLW post for 2016:
If I’m not careful, life just happens.
Days go by—weeks go by—and life happens to me.
I don’t want life to happen to me. I want to make life happen. As I think of this new year, the word that I would like to focus on in my life is INTENTIONAL.
I’m busy. I’m sometimes unfocused. I’m distracted with home when I’m at work or I’m distracted with work when I’m at home. I want to start being intentional with my time. When it’s time to work and grade and plan, I want to zero in on what needs to be done and get it done. Then I can intentionally spend my time doing other things I want to do—playing games with my family, reading, watching a show. Sometimes it can be tough to fit it all in.
Social media is another area where I want to be intentional. I can easily get sucked into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even YouTube. All of those things are fine—in fact, they’re often amazing. But if I’m honest, I let social media happen to me instead of being intentional about using it. I could have more reading time, more family time, more time for prayer and Bible reading if I was intentional about how and when I used social media.
I want to be intentional about my relationships. My family deserves to have me wholeheartedly with them when I’m with them. Having a family and children is a huge responsibility and honor. I want to pour into my family. My friends count on me, and developing those friendships is a lifelong pursuit.
Finally, I want to be intentional about my eating habits. Man, I like to eat. Anything. I like so many kinds of food—and lots of it. I can mindlessly vacuum up a lot without really thinking about what I’m doing. That has to stop. I remember hearing a former Buffalo Bill talking about Eating to live instead of Living to eat. Yeah. I need more of that. Especially in the evenings. Getting more regular with my exercising will help, too. I want to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit, and I will need to be intentional to do it.
I know there will be many times when I will slip back into mindless stuff. I’m hoping to make a little card or something as a reminder—put one in my car, my mirror, my iPad or phone.
This year will be a year of living intentionally.