Last Friday, morning and afternoon, we began block by sharing our One Little Words. Why now at the end of October, not in September (the start of the school year) or January (the start of the calendar year)? Well, because, for my sixth graders, THIS is really when the year begins.
We know each other.
We know our routines.
We have mastered having lockers, and navigating the hallways.
We have figured our schedules.
We have figured out our teachers.
And we are ready, at last, to begin figuring out what we want the OLW for our sixth grade year to be. So, we walked through a minilesson:
Examined mentor OLWs from last year:
BELIEVE: The definition of BELIEVE in the dictionary is: “to accept or regard something as true”.When I think of the word “believe,” I think of believing in yourself and others and thinking you can do it. If you believe in yourself you need to trust yourself. This year I want to believe that I can do anything. For example, practice sports regularly, take hard tests, and stay calm in stressful situations. I will try new things and not say that I can’t do it. I will believe that I am good at something and not be that person who says “I did terrible!” When I tell myself I will do something I will complete that and that will be because I believed I could do it. When I have a soccer game I won’t say “I can’t score.” Instead I will tell myself I can do it and that will bring me even closer to completing my goal. Believing will help me a lot this year and will bring me closer to success.
LIVE: The dictionary definition of LIVE is: “to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions: all things that live”. But to me it means a lot more than that. To me the word LIVE means to enjoy what is happening in the moment, to savor every second of every day.
I chose the word LIVE because I am always looking ahead to the future. I am always thinking of what’s going to happen next. My parents are always telling me to enjoy the moment. But I still never did. Because of this I never focused on enjoying the company of others. I never thought about how I could be a better friend. I never thought about being kind to others. I never thought about stepping up for my beliefs. I never thought to savor the moment. For me, it was always to look to the future; to what was going to happen next. But I don’t want to be like that anymore. I want to go to school, not thinking about the next weekend, but thinking about what was happening around me. I want to go to my friend’s house, not thinking about where I was going after I left my friend’s house, but thinking about how I could be someone that my friend remembered as a great person.
LIVE. My One Little Word. A word that I will try to live by, not by the dictionary definition, but by MY definition. The One Little Word that will shape me into a better person.
And then we got to work, and brainstormed, and talked, and mapped, and brainstormed some more. Finally, on Friday, we were ready. I had the treats:
My kiddos had their OLWs:
The classroom was quiet as we gallery walked our way from one OLW to the next, pausing to leave compliments. The OWLs became our week’s SOLs (love these acronyms!), and my kids left wonderful comments for each other:
Since reading this I feel that I really can improve and I never noticed that before!
Yes – everyone one of us has areas in our lives to improve. Great choice!
This is a great word for everyone because nobodies perfect and everyone can improve on something.
I also need to improve on lots of things.
I like how you were honest about what you need to improve.
October comes to an end, the new marking period is just around the corner, and we have OLWs to guide us.