2020 brought on the fifth #onelittleword I've chosen. My previous words were HAPPY (2016), AUDACIOUS (2017), DO (2018), and TIME (2019). My word for 2020 was PURPOSE. I wrote about my reasons for this word here.
2020 has been a wild right, hasn't it? I've been fortunate this year to have stayed healthy and to have my loved ones also remain healthy. I know that hasn't been the case for so many throughout the world with the COVID-19 global pandemic. March brought the closing of schools and the shutdown of pretty much everything where I live in Long Island, NY. Did I stay true to my PURPOSE?
I didn't think about my word that much this year. I didn't make it part of my every day thinking and intentions. My focus in the spring was keeping my students connected. I did strive to provide literacy opportunities for them with virtual classroom libraries, blogging and using Padlet to share with each other. I read to my students each day, creating videos for them for different read alouds. Though I wasn't consciously thinking of my PURPOSE, I was living it.
This year, I have continued to do my best to lift up those around me- to help make sure they know the gifts I see in them and to be a friend that can be counted on. I have also continued to share my resources and ideas with my colleagues at work and through my efforts atTwo Writing Teachers. Sharing my ideas and great resources I find makes me happy.
I think PURPOSE was a good choice for last year. Though I didn't refer back to it as much as I should have, the 3 ideas I set out last year still resonate with me today. They are the core of who I am and what I try to do as an educator. I have selected my next #OLW and I will share it next week! I am excited to read about all the words that others select to guide their year.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski