For the past several years, it seems that people have been moving away from making New Year’s resolutions and instead have been selecting a single word to guide their year. The word serves as a reminder, offering inspiration and guidance to move you toward your goals.
One Word 365 explains the impact of choosing one word: “Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway! Choose just one word. One word you can focus on every day, all year long… One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. It will take intentionality and commit-ment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps. Discover the big impact one word can make. One word. 365 days. A changed life.”
Similarly, My One Word states: “This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus. Just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.”
And even though January is mostly over, it’s not too late to select your one little word to guide your writing and writing instruction for the remainder of the school year…or the rest of 2016.
For Make Cycle 4, select one little word to guide writing and/or writing instruction for your year. You might choose to share your thinking through a blog post or other narrative…maybe an Explain Everything screencast would do the job. You may choose a more visual way to offer your choice…photographs, a slide show, a short video (Vine or Animoto?). If you find yourself in a quandary, unable to select a word, you can also share that dilemma with the rest of us. (Deanna Mascle offers a mentor text for sharing her dilemma in this blog post.)
Once your creative juices are flowing, you might decide to work your word into a manifesto or a poem. Maybe you’ll transform your one little word into a postcard that you mail to yourself (or your students) or perhaps you’ll compose a picture book using your own photos to express your thinking. (If you are looking for more inspiration, check out the CLMOOC make bank for ideas!)
Now we challenge you to decide on your one little word and share it on the Write Now! MOOC Google+ page. Developing a community of writers and learners is an important part of the Write Now! MOOC experience, and we encourage you to further connect by commenting on the words that others have chosen. We hope to motivate and inspire each other as we explore, discuss, and “make” Write Now!