|Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers|
Yesterday, ready to get back to my teaching life, I logged on to Two Writing Teachers as I often do. Stacey had written about the purpose and process of settling upon “One Little Word” for the new year. This is something I meant to do last year, tried to do last year…but never got around to. But Stacey’s line about “living with one little word as your guide throughout an entire year provides you with more clarity” really resonated with me this time, and so I spent yesterday thinking about and writing about possible “one little words.” Like Christy and Juliann , I played around with words that spoke to me – words that felt had a connection and relevance to my life at this particular time, this particular year.
At the end of all that writing and thinking, I settled on this one:
I liked the fact that this one little word was both an adjective that would describe my thought processes as well as an verb describing how I would put that into practice. These days, it seems, we are bombarded with new ways to teach, new technologies to infuse into our teaching and new mandated tests and core standards to address. On a personal level, too, there are so many choices one faces at every turn of the road: where to travel, which child to spend one on one time with, how to be attentive to an ever widening set of goals and relationships. Sometimes there simply aren’t enough hours in the day ! I think this word will help me focus – to be deliberate, to deliberate over choice…that’s a worthy OWL to see me through 2012.