A few weeks ago Alex tagged me on a tweet where he noted that he was using One Little Word with his second graders as a goal setting exercise (and he remembered it was something I did with my class each January). I liked the idea of starting this crazy year with this thinking, so put it on my to do list.
Then, last week, Anita (my grade 3 colleague) mentioned she was thinking of doing it with her class, and that was a enough to push it on to our timetable.
Friday I introduced it in class and shared some of my previous choices. We started a class list of ideas. Yesterday we got out our word study notebooks and started our own individual lists.
Today it was decision time. Students chose from their list and created a poster to share with the class. What I loved is the third graders took this to heart- they each chose a word that really spoke to them and would help guide them through this first semester.
I regret not taking pictures, but some of the words chosen were confidence, open-minded, balance, healthy, special, true, words, exercise, and danger. Their explanations shared challenges they were facing and ways they hoped their word would help them to be their best self. As for me, I chose resilience- a reminder to me that I can do hard things and find joy- this class definitely is helping me focus on the positive!