Ready to throw out the old resolutions and try something that works? Try creating a one-word resolution for yourself and with your students.
Before I begin, I want to let you know that all of this information can also be viewed or listened to in video format.
Why One Word?
Last year, I started creating my one word, and I'm happy to report that it went better than expected. My word was “intention.” My goal was to be more intentional in everything from what I ate to reading my bible to cleaning my house.
And while I can't say that I was intentional every day, I was always able to circle back and get myself on track.
So, choosing one word allowed me to create a vision of change rather than focusing on something I am not happy with about myself. So I decided to continue this activity for myself, with my family, and students.
Step One: Reflect
I start by sharing the Google Site with my family or students. Everything is clickable and easy to access. The first step is to reflect on the year by adding the reflection to a Google Form.
The questions allow you to reflect on what went well and what didn't. By proactively reflecting on what you do and why you do it, you can decide whether there is a better or more efficient way to do it in the future.
Step Two: Create Your Perfect Day
In this step, copy the provided Jamboard to visualize the perfect day. Think about what you would do from the time you wake up until going to bed. To be helpful, use pictures or draw what you are visualizing. Find your photos and label them right in Jamboard.
Step Three: Set Your Intention
Now it's time to analyze the pictures you made. What are you noticing about your perfect day? Brainstorm word ideas that relate. I use an online puzzle you can put together with possible word choices.
Step Four: Refine Your One Word Resolution
Choose three words from your brainstorm and narrow it down to a one-word resolution.
Once you've made your choice, create something as a reminder of your word. Here are some options:
- Add a picture to the next slide in Jamboard.
- Write the word in a fun font using Google Slides.
- Create a Google Drawing that students can create (this option is part of the escape room).
- Create a hand-lettering piece and make it your screen saver.
Try This Activity with Students
Now that you've chosen your word have your students select their one-word resolution, too. It's a great activity to start the new year! Click on the image below or click here to check it out.
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