#SOL18: #OLW

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After a quick search, I found that last year’s check-in on my One Little Word (#OLW) was mid-July so I’m pretty much on target again. July.  Summer.  Heat.  A time to reflect.

Where has “curious” taken me this year?

Paying attention.






Curious and Learning

Most recently:

Iowa Reading Association and


Front row learner

Book Clubs

#BookLove, #CyberPD, and more

Curious and Joyful


Near and Far


With Family

With Friends

And special serenades

Curious and Fun

Ladies Football Academy

With my sister

And finding cousins along the way



PD Prep

Reading, Writing, and Blogging

Curious and Books

A Novel Approach

Literacy Essentials

It’s All About the Books

180 Days

To Know and Nurture a Reader

Engaging Children


Kids 1st From Day One

Brave Leadership

Being the Change

Megabook of Fluency

Reclaiming the Principalship

What are you curious about? 

How is your #OLW? 

Have you checked in lately?

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

15 responses

  1. I like your headers as structure – Curious and Learning, Joyful, Fun, Books – really those are 4 great ways to stay focused! I also like how these 3 words – Front row learner – say so much about you (show, don’t tell in action!). I think YOU are doing great with your OWL after this check-in! I’m finding myself curious about generational changes. Lately stories are pushing me to wonder about change due to age differences. And I know I want to find a pattern but I feel like there may not be one since we humans are so unique and ever changing. But as I know you’ll agree, being curious keeps me pondering and searching and it’s fun! Happy July, my friend. Looking forward to your thoughts in Book Club!

    1. Sally,
      It’s so fun to “see” which words stick! Hmmm. Generational differences or differences in the way it sticks in my memory? I’ll ponder that one!
      Clearing the deck for reading time shortly!

  2. I love the way you’ve reflected here. I’m curious about the book on your list titled Embarrassment. What is that about? It sounds like you’re having a wonderful summer!

    1. Embarrassment is Tom Newkirk’s latest and it truly is about being brave and facing our fears. Life happens. We should build on the embarrassment stories!

  3. excellent check in with your word. It sounds like it’s taken you just the right places.

    1. It is keeping me busy for sure! 🙂

  4. Embarassment also caught my attention. I am adding it to my list, too.

    1. Adrienne,
      Totally a “humanizing” book. Fun to think of our foibles! 🙂

  5. I would say that your OLW is serving you well, Fran. I like your format and the heading breakdown.

    1. I have been on an organization kick with both charts and spreadsheets this week so “categories” have been helpful! 🙂

  6. I like the pairings of “curious” with other words; now looking at my OLW, “enough”, in a different light as well. Thanks for the book recommendations!

    1. I am totally about the books. And equally about changing the “rules” so I can have enough words to do what I want! LOL

      I think you have many options: fun enough, crazy enough, enough work, enough summer . . .

  7. […] the gym on a rainy and cool summer day I had the pleasure of stumbling on my friend Fran’s blog post I love the coincidence that we share our one word at its root. I love her reflection and was […]

  8. I, too, love your reflection here. Curious has taken you far already, hasn’t it? Moxie hasn’t really connected with me like I wanted it to. Some OLWs are like that. Thanks for sharing this reflection!

    1. Michelle,
      Curious has worked well for me. Maybe Moxie is your summer focus! 🙂

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