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For our last day of school, we will participate in the “one word” activity, which is from the One Word Three Sixty Five website. The activity is designed to define each new year, and I think it will be a perfect way to begin to frame your future educational journey. By next Thursday, please record and submit your one word, explanation, and visual image on the index card provided in class. I know each of you will select an amazing word to guide and define you in the coming year, and I’d love you to be able to check back here to remind yourself of your aspirations, and I’d also love your one-word goals to help other students find their own one-word ambitions. At the end of this post, there are a few student examples, and the One Word website has many more examples.

Below is an excerpt from the One Word website to remind you of the task.

One word can change everything.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live or what you want to achieve by the end of your seventh grade year.

One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take hard work, and will require intentionality and commitment. But if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word.

365 days.

A changed life.

What’s Your One Word?

One word that will become a filter, a diving board, a prod?

One word that will serve as a compass for your actions, decisions, and priorities. All year long.

One word.

Because that is easy to remember. All 365 days of the year.

It becomes the filter through which you see and live your life. It steers your decisions and guides your steps.

It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought or a feeling or an action. It can be a character trait or an accomplishment or a place you want to end up.

A word that can be a reminder, a nudge. A word that you can reflect on, that will challenge you, that will inspire you.

One word that will serve as a compass for your actions, decisions, and priorities. All year long.

Your word can be anything you want it to be. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you. This isn’t your mother’s word. Or your sibling’s word. Or your friend’s word.

This is your word. It needs to resonate with your heart, no one else’s.

Maybe a word popped right into your head. Maybe you need to let the idea percolate a bit longer.

Either way, more often than not, your word finds you.

You’ll probably have a love/hate relationship with it. That’s okay. If it doesn’t scare you at least a little, it’s probably not the right word.


What’s your one word for this year?

Here are a few student examples:

  • My one word to guide me throughout the rest of my years is passion. I chose passion as my word because when I eventually get a job, I want to have passion about what I do for a living, may it be writing or horseback riding. If I don’t have any passion to drive me, I won’t thrive in whatever I end up doing. I won’t want to do well and work hard. But if I have that passion, I will want to do well and try my hardest. This is why I chose the word passion.
  • Rise is my one word. I chose that word for lots of reasons, with the first being that I want to rise early enough so that I make it to school on time. Secondly, I want to rise to the challenge of junior high so that I fulfill my dreams and achieve all that I am capable of achieving.
  • My one word is soar… I want to achieve my goals by working as hard as I can and to soar as a student. I want to soar above the sky, and onto to the moon. I want to live this quote–I don’t remember where I read it–“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” I want to soar to limitless heights.
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  1. Annabelle
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 11:53:49

    My one word is rocket. A rocket is made by many people working to accomplish an “impossible” task. I want to be a rocket as I go through life. I will fly–a task everyone once thought only a bird could do–and I’ll find a way to penetrate the Earth. I will explore the vast universe, and I will constantly be learning new things as I drift through the never-ending universe.

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