Yes, I’m jumping on that bandwagon. 🙂 (It’s only taken me a couple of weeks to finally get on! LOL)
If you’ve been on Twitter lately, you’ve seen many posts and tweets related to people’s #OneWord2017 (it’s likely the reason you clicked on this post in the first place! 🙂 ). As a practice I try to really think through things before I try them out, but then again, I guess I am also “that person” who tries things because I want to see how they’ll work out–especially when it’s related to a blogging/Twitter challenge.
So…here we are with me explaining my #OneWord for 2017. And from the get-go, it seems like my #OneWord is different from the many I’ve seen online so far. I have seen many tweets with words like BELIEVE, AWAKE, JOY, INTENTIONAL, etc., and I totally see great connections between those words and things I would also like to make happen this year. I’m taking an little bit different direction, though, and choosing this as my #OneWord2017:
It’s different, no? Well, that’s kind of just like me, right? Let me explain what I was thinking when I picked this word. I purposefully chose a word (and picture) that sent me in loads of different directions with its connections and impact and am hoping it can apply to all parts of my life (not just my professional one).
So…I’m hoping that OUTSIDE will encourage…
- …me and my students to get literally outside. I have always thought that being part of nature and playing is important to creativity, health, etc., but haven’t yet fully embraced it and gotten my kids (at home and at school) outside as much as I’d like. Two years ago I made a commitment to extra recess every morning because of that reason, but then for a variety of reasons went backwards on that decision. Here’s to picking it up again. Anyone wanna come play in the woods with us tomorrow?
- …me and my students to think outside the box. I know it’s a bit cliché, and many even subscribe to the idea of “Don’t think outside the box, think like there is no box!”, but for me this goal can apply to many things. It can be applied to so many different scenarios from reading books we hadn’t ever thought of, trying a new strategy for presenting information, sharing our thinking or even how we structure our day. Because it’s so open-ended, I think it will be easy to find ways to take on the challenge and change my thinking. Who’s up for jumping out of that box with me?
- …both my students and me to venture outside our bubbles. While this goal sounds a lot like the previous one, my intention is that this applies to the people with which we’ll interact over the next year. I want both myself and my Rm. 202 friends (my colleagues and family members and friends as well) to be challenged to reach out to new people, to seek out different perspectives, to strive to understand others’ cultures and ways of life. I am becoming aware that now, perhaps more than ever, surrounding yourselves with people who look just like you, think just like you and act just like you can be very dangerous. When we are only privy to what we already know and already think, we can quickly begin to see the rest of the world as “other” and then quickly begin to shelter ourselves even more. Unfortunately, we also miss out of great things that the rest of the world has to share with us. We miss out. Diversity makes us all better.
- …me to get outside the walls of my classroom. Just like when you stay in your “bubble” as a person, being in the “bubble” of your classroom and never venturing out means you’re missing out on the greatness that is blooming in other people and places in your school. Other teachers are doing things in new ways, with new ideas and finding new avenues to inspire students and you (I) owe it to my own students to do whatever I can to plug into it! Maybe it takes away some of my planning time, maybe I’m uncomfortable because I’m introverted, maybe I’m fine with how I’ve always done things (which, by the way, is not my own thinking, but I can see how others function that way), maybe I just don’t want to…but it is my duty to push past all of those “maybes” and try stretch outside myself (and the comfort of my four walls). And who knows? Maybe there’s a new friend, new strategy or new experience waiting for me that I don’t even know about yet. Who wouldn’t want that?
Ok…for now that’s where I am. Ready to reach OUTSIDE and see what’s there for me this year. I’m excited by the prospects and looking forward to where I’ll end up. I hope you will go along for this journey with me. And while we’re at it–how would YOU interpret OUTSIDE? How would you write about it if it was your #oneword2017? I’d love to hear your thinking and add your thoughts to my list! 🙂