#SOL18: #OLW

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Is it the luck of the draw?  The New Year?  A need for focus?

Whatever draws you to #OneLittleWord, do consider how that word will impact you for the next year.  I’ve been considering words since #NCTE17, that gathering of so many talented friends with so much learning, love, and laughter all rolled together.

Synonyms of my word from Dictionary.com:

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Disquisitive caught my eye. (” 1. Relating to disquisition; fond of discussion or investigation; inquisitive.”)  I tested it out and thought it would score well in Words with Friends2 but it just didn’t have the “OOMPH” I wanted in my #OLW.  Prurient also caught my attention in a negative way as that was not a synonym that I was expecting.

What’s your best guess at this point? 

What one word is a synonym for those in the Word Cloud above?

It’s all about word choice.

Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.” (Link)

My history of #OLW

  • 2014    Transfer
  • 2015     Focus
  • 2016    Joyful
  • 2017    Brave

A visual for another hint . . .

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Got it? 

Just seven letters . . .

__  __  __  __  __  __  __

What is your #OLW? 

How and when will you reveal your #OLW?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

And the answer is . . .







s . . .

When were you 100% sure that you had identified the correct word?  How important are our words?  What precise meaning do your words carry?  Do your perceptions match those of your students?

So much to consider in the area of building “word knowledge” in 2018!!!

2:00 pm – Changed the background

5:00 pm – added final graphic

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Opening Doors to be Curious in 2018


30 responses

  1. Being curious and inspiring curiosity in others is such a powerful thing. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Aileen! Happy New Year to you!

  2. Love how the structure of your post today kept me CURIOUS!!!
    Happy New Year and I know your word will serve you well!!!

    1. Thanks, Sally. I did have a bit of FUN with my #OLW today as I was “curious” about a less explicit reveal would work!!!

      Happy New Year!

  3. I thought it was inquiry…close!!! Curious has so many possibilities. Enjoy – Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Clare. Inquiry was in the running for a long time but “curious” fits both my writerly and grandmotherly roles!
      Happy New Year!

  4. Nice reveal, Fran. And curious has so many possibilities in your life.

    1. Thanks, Deb! Curious does fit well! Happy New Year!

  5. This was FANTASTIC! I love how you chose to reveal your word, but only after asking us to think. So creative and such a great way to start 2018: curious!

    1. Stephanie,
      I was wondering if I could “cause the reader to be curious” without being too totally obvious! Thinking is always required. Thanks for being willing to do the work! Happy New Year!

  6. Great word, Fran! Curiosity leads to a life of learning. Wishing you much curiosity in 2018!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Such a great #teachwrite chat to start the year. I had tried to make something of “goal” for my #OLW, but I think curious will definitely suit me in 2018! Happy New Year!

  7. Curiosity is something I always tried to instill in my students. There is always so much to learn and being curious about something is a gateway to so many new possibilities. May you find many new doors to open as you travel through 2018, Fran.

    1. I love that . . .” a gateway to so many new possibilities.” YES!
      I can’t wait to find the new doors!
      Happy New Year to you and Kathy!

  8. I guessed it!!! I love the way you crafted your post today. You must have put so much time and effort into making it so much fun. When you said it had seven letters, I counted and knew I had gotten it right! The word cloud is what led me to my conclusion and it got me thinking about the “dark” side of the word curious…very interesting. Thanks for a brilliant and fun post today. I am still waiting for my OLW to appear….

    1. Thanks Barbara for “playing along” and guessing it correctly. I was on a vocabulary kick and was trying to decide what “clues” could help a reader without saying the word. I thought synonyms and number of letters would do it, but decided to throw in a visual just in case.
      I think I’ve spent years as a “curious soul” so I am just now letting that side run free!
      Happy New Year!

  9. Curious is a fantastic pick for a OLW! I have no doubt that you’ll do so much good with this as the word that guides you through 2018.

    1. Thanks, Stacey. It’s so interesting to have a “different lens” through which to view the world. I like to think that curious will guide me to MUCH good this year.

      Happy New Year to you in your 10th year of wedded bliss with a now 7 year old. Yikes! Ari will soon be writing his own blog! LOL

      1. Thanks, Fran. I think he has a way to go before blogging. Right now his hobbies include throwing his bibs on the floor, putting food in his hair, and being generally silly during every diaper change.

      2. The days will fly. Coloring, drawing . . . all prereqs headed his way! Silly is good! 🙂

      3. He keeps me laughing, which is a good thing!

      4. And so a propos for your #OLW! I need to find the accent mark (grave), I believe! And yes, a VERY good thing (even if he doesn’t always laugh for pictures! ❤

  10. Maintaining curiosity personally and professionally is so worth it – I do believe Donald Graves would say curiosity is energy giving!! I think your word is fantastic and can’t wait to hear how you and curious get along in 2018! Thanks for sharing!

    1. YES! YES! Energy giving in being more observant as well!
      Happy New Year!

  11. Your cues made me curious. Great job inspiring creativity!

    1. Thanks, Adrienne. I’m finding that Fun and Curious go together!!! Unintended consequences are also a great start to the year!

  12. Wow! I love the playfulness of your reveal! It is clear that you had fun putting your slice together. Hangman is very effective, too! At the start of the school year, I make bookmarks for my students with a message for the year and all of students’ names as well. This year it was “Be Curious Room 14!” Enjoy the journey!

    1. Yes, it was fun! And I think that is a part of being curious that has become lost or at least has lost emphasis! Thanks!
      Happy New Year!

  13. Great new word! I love how you shared it too. My word is Possibility: Adventures that Stretch

    1. Thanks, Amy! I had a lot of fun with curious. I’m planning to pair the two words A LOT this year. I love your “possibility”! So much to dare to dream about as well!!! Happy New Year and I look forward to hearing about your adventures in 2018!

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