What do you mean one word Mrs. Nan?  Just one?  Yes, just one…

one that will take you on a journey for the next 365 days.  One that will transform your thinking.  One that will create moments of growth.  One that is destined to give you opportunities for a different mindset.  One that will exude your goodness as you pass my 3rd grade door on the first day of 4th grade this fall.  One word… just one!

Here are a few of the many words our class chose for 2018:

SHINE: “Shine like a star and stand out.  Everyone is different.  No one is the same.  For example never give up and try your best.  Be your self because everyone is already taken (I think she noticed a quote on my door -Oscar Wilde).  Shine means be yourself and don’t back down.” 

CREATIVE: “Creative is the word that would tell a lot about me like I love to build, make, and draw.  It would be the best word I could pick and a very good word to make a sketch note for my word to have.” 

SMILE: “I pick smile because when I walk around in school and outside of school and outside of my home I see 75% of the people not smiling enough and I really want to look over and say why don’t you smile more?  It would make your life way easier and you would have a better day.  I personally think smiling more just makes me more positive and makes me more confident on a test.” 

GOALS“It is like you are moving to new levels after completing your goals.  This year I am going to set goals for myself to keep growing myself to get better.  It is like soccer when you are getting goals to compete in the game and win.” 

HELPFUL: “Because poor kids and adults need help so I want to donate to the poor.  I want to help now so we can go to heaven one day and have a good time.” 

ENGAGED: “I want to engage into focusing on what is happening in the moment so I don’t have to go back and say to myself, What was it that I was working on?” 

KIND: “Being kind feels good.  I think kind is a word for everyone.  Everyone needs to be kind so others will feel better.  People will treat people better and people will feel happy.”    

UNDERSTANDPeople leave me out when we do group work and I think that if they understood me maybe it could change.  When they leave me out I just want to quit because it hurts.  It truly does.” 

DISCIPLINED“I would like to make my parents proud of me.  I want to do something that they do not have to tell me to do.  I can set the table or help clean up without them telling me.” 

RISE: “When I feel down I always tell myself, rise up happiness and set down sadness.  When I say these words I get super happy.” IMG_3313

CLICK HERE to see Mrs. Nan’s #OneWord2018

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Tara M Martin

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