#sol17- December 26, 2017
As the last days if 2017 are upon us I seem to be the only one left who has not yet blogged a reflection on my OLW for the year. 2017 seems to be the fourth year that I have chosen a word to guide/inspire me for the year. My first year it was “love”, then “change”, followed by “joy”, and this year I chose “brave”. As is usually the case there are other bloggers who have the same word chosen as I do and this year having Fran McVeigh with the same word meant that when she reflected on her progress with the word I did too, yet I never wrote it down.
Looking back, brave was a good choice for me! This year I:
- presented for my school and at nErDcampMI (I am not a natural presenter and it stresses me!)
- attended some PD that was outside of my usual comfort range (including Adaptive Schools- which I heartily recommend and going to TC without a friend)
- traveled on my own more (including Laos, Vietnam, and more-while sometimes lonely I made it work and I know I just need to continue to go for it)
- spoke up more
- contacted a long lost friend (who I had not seen in more than 30 years)
- updated my resume and applied for (and signed for) a new job in a new country for next school year
- kept sharing things at school (even though I sometimes felt like I was being a pest)
- and probably more that I am forgetting
While it is hard to say that choosing the word made me any braver it did make me more determined when I was about to not do some things, so that was (usually) a good thing. A recent post by Liv had me thinking about the words that defined me in 2017 and I would like to think that brave is one of them.
I love choosing a new word for the year and will use the resources here as I decide on what word will guide me next and as I encourage my third graders to choose their OLW for 2018.
*** Former student, Zhi Hong, slicing still.