If you’ve studied the background in my blog, you have seen that my #OneLittleWord “Joy” has been with me for quite awhile.


Where is that joy?

Yesterday, I was cocooned in joyful.

Joyful was in Voxer Posts.

Joyful was in Facebook Posts.

Joyful was in tweets.

There are days when the Alpha and Omega of joyful seems to reside in social media.  Sadly that means that the Joyful is not easily visible in some of my work days.  Sometimes the day to day trivia is wearing – mentally and physically.  It’s hard to summon laughter and truly celebrate “JOY”! But yesterday JOY surrounded me everywhere.

Joy is here in these videos  . . .

What is your hope? via #ParkwaySchools (3:14)

Who will be in your classroom this year? via Four O’Clock Faculty (2:04)

If you feel like you need a new life via Power of Positivity (0:51)

and in both versions of “The Hospital Window” here (4:20) or here (2:59).

Are you planning a “Global Welcome Back to School” this year?

Or what about “Making Joy a Reading Standard”?

How will you spread JOY this year?

How will you be Joyful?

What will it look like?  

What will it sound like?

slice of life 2016

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

What is your #OLW? Are you serving it well?

30 responses

  1. Thank you for spreading the joy! Emailed myself the reading post, to share with my colleagues. I needed your post today!

    1. You are welcome! Sometimes the joy seems to be buried and we have to really dig deep for the bits that are glimmering! Hope you have a fabulous day! 🙂

  2. Finding, and nurturing joy, is so important. Do you know the #edjoy hashtag? Right up your alley.

    1. Kevin,
      I sure do now! Just added it to TweetDeck to see what I can find! Thanks so much!

  3. Joy is one of my favorite words!
    Thank you for your slice!

    1. You are welcome! It didn’t feel so much like a slice, but like life sometimes it’s the little things that inspire and I’m hoping it adds a bit of joy to this Tuesday! 🙂

  4. My OLW is thankfulness. I started a weekly thankfulness post and besides honoring my word and I am experiencing a lot of joy.

    1. Bernadette, I love thankfulness. What a great idea for a weekly post! Thank you for commenting!

  5. How cool… I’ll be spending this upcoming year looking for my joy. I need it back 🙂

    1. That’s so very true! I noticed when it was absent! So important to hold onto JOY!

  6. Thanks for this post- I needed this reminder. Joy is my OLW too and I have been neglecting it too frequently. I love the global welcome!

    1. Erika,
      The simple joys – meeting Slicers, F2F conversations, slowing down to really Listen! – I’m trying not to forget or neglect! That global welcome fascinates ME!

      Hope your year is going well!

  7. Fran, I chose happiness this year and have experienced the same–a noticing that there is happy everywhere, you just have to look for it. Thank you so much for reminding me of my own word and to remember joy.

    1. Kimberly,
      You are so welcome. It was time for a public “reckoning” of my own so this post was a great way to begin my “out loud” sharing! 🙂

  8. Thank you for sharing these videos and your JOY! That is exactly who you are a sharer of JOY.

    1. Thanks, Julieanne! I hear your joy!

  9. Thank you for sharing the videos, Fran. They show that it really doesn’t take much to spread joy. All it takes is a caring heart.

    1. So true! And not a lot of time or money….mostly effort! Yay!

  10. Thanks for all these links, Fran. I may not be in the classroom anymore, but will always find joy in what’s going on in teaching, and then beyond. Looking for the good (joy) in things keeps me going.

    1. Linda,
      It’s always so much easier to look for the JOY or good – the rest of the range of choices is pretty obvious around us!!! LOL! Thanks for commenting!

  11. You’re like the joy wrangler, Fran! Thanks for all the links.

    1. Oh, Dana,
      I love that. Yippee, Kay, YAY! “The Joy Wrangler”!

      When do you have your first day of kindergarten? I know Stacey’s is tomorrow?

      1. Maddie actually started 1st grade yesterday! She had a great day. 🙂

        Katie still has one more year until kindergarten. Stacey’s Isabelle is smack in-between the two of mine!

      2. Oh, wow! YAY 1st grade! ❤

  12. I love that you nudged us all to check in with our OLWs. Joy is such a good and important one.

    1. The beginning of the school year is a great time to reflect on the current status of #olw! So many key words. It is always hard to choose!

  13. Such a joyous post! Thank you, Fran, for spreading so much joy!

    1. Thanks, Catherine! Joy was all around Mary yesterday so it just rippled out all the way to Iowa! It was a nice time to check in on Joy and review the status! 🙂

  14. Thanks Fran for including the Global Welcome Back https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/a-global-welcome-back/ in your blog. Hoping to bring much JOY to my students this year! Please encourage EVERYONE to leave them a welcome back message!

    1. JOY is so critical for students! EVERYWHERE!

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