One Little Word (OLW) and Thanks Bloggers!

During the winter break I was able to catch up on a lot of reading
(blog reading mostly).

I came across a post by Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade about finding the perfect word to motivate you during the upcoming year.  The original brain child of OLW is Ali Edwards.  Check her out here

Much better than a resolution, right?  Who keeps those anyway? (Not me!)

As I continued to read the feed on Google Reader,
I kept noticing OLW (not OWL~which is what my brain keeps wanting to type).

So many bloggers out there are embracing this idea of OLW not only in their own lives, but for teaching, too.

Holly from Crisscross Applesauce In First Grade shared her idea of how to incorporate OLW with her students.  I used stole this idea from her (it was a freebie).   Basically, once the students come up with their word, they write it on their party hat. She had actually gotten the idea from Cara Carroll over at The First Grade Parade.  Isn't the blogging community fab?

Isn't it adorable?  Head on over there to get your own OLW freebie!

My students really embraced this idea.  So much so that some of the students are still mulling over the idea and we have decided to finish this activity later in the week. Awesome!

On another note: I just have to say how truly happy I am that this community has welcomed me ;)  I've enjoyed reading you for years (from the sidelines...never really speaking up) and I should have gotten off my duff much sooner.

Thanks for being so sweet :)  (That sounds like a yearbook signing quote if I've ever heard one...)


  1. Awwww, you made my day!!!!! Thank you so much for blogging about this. The blogging world is so happy to have you a part of it! :)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Elizabeth,

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please check out my blog to pick up your award. Enjoy!

    A Class Act

  3. I love the idea of OLW..I'm still contemplating what my word for the year will be. :) Jennifer at Mrs. Laffin's Laughings put together a quick presentation to show her fourth graders some possibilities then is having them do an art project with their chosen word along with a paragraph about why they choose it. It looks awesome- can't wait to try this concept out with my own students next week.
    On the Trail of Learning