Happy New Year! The One Word idea stems from an idea that a single word can help shape and change who you are and not just what you do. Traditional New Year’s Resolutions typically fail by late January, so this idea takes the resolutions concept, but shifts it into one word…an achievable goal that you can live by each day. I thought this was a great opportunity to talk with my fourth and fifth grade students and think about how that one word can help shape their focus for 2016. I showed them this video, which prepared them for our discussion. Choosing the word was the hard part. I had them reflect and write down the words that spoke to them. Next, I demonstrated many different typography apps to creatively bring their word to life. Students were given the opportunity to choose the app that gave them the ability to artistically express the word they chose. To learn more and download resources to use in your classroom, visit this site: http://getoneword.com
The apps we used:
Once students were finished creating their words, I created a Padlet Wall for them to display their work. I asked them to write one sentence as to why they chose that particular word. The nice part about having these on a Padlet wall is that we can go and re-visit these words to see how they are honoring living out the word they chose. Additionally, I created a video to highlight student created images: https://vimeo.com/150816124
Here are a few Padlet wall examples:
Here’s my #oneword2016
What’s the ONE WORD that will change your life in 2016?