I must have missed the #OneWord challenge for 2017- so looking back, I guess if I had to pick one word summarizing my year as an educator, it would have been Adventure. 2017 was a year of firsts for me- my first full year only teaching one prep, first time presenting at an EdTech conference, first time teaching in and supporting a 1:1 environment, first time reaching out to the greater educational community, first time helping to build and roll out a new online course for our students. I think “Adventure” is an appropriate way to describe the journey I’ve been on and the surprises and challenges that still manage to be present at every turn!
I’ve gone back and forth at what I want my #OneWord for 2018 to be…
I’ve decided to go with Positivity as my #OneWord. This will be no surprise to those who know me, but I think it’s time I make that extra effort to commit 100% to the positive vibe lifestyle. To me, positivity doesn’t just mean avoiding negativity, but looking for and celebrating the good there is.
When presented with a challenge, positivity means asking myself, “What can I do about the situation to make it better for everyone?” If something is out of my control, deciding how I will make the best of the situation in spite of the obstacles. I have a 2.5 year old, and he tests my strength more than any room full of 11 year olds. We all would benefit from more positivity in our house!
Finally, positivity means looking at each of my students and colleagues and trying to make my classroom a bright spot for each of them- a place where they can feel welcome, respected, and empowered to grow and take risks.
So maybe this means I’ll need to add in an extra cup of coffee, maybe my students will once again think I’m crazy, maybe my husband will think I’ve gone back in time to my hyper enthusiastic cheerleader days (you can totally see it now, can’t you?), but 2018 is going to be a great year!