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#SOL15: Revisiting #OLW15



My #OneLittleWord15 was focus.  It’s reckoning time as 2015 nears the end.

How did I do?


Focus on Family:

My grandson

now seven months old

with just the cutest grin!

The center of our Christmas Celebrations!

Who is the center of YOUR conversations?


Focus on Friends:

 Near and far

At TCRWP Spring Saturday Reunion

At TCRWP Writing Institute

At TCRWP Reading Institute

At ILA15

At Iowa ASCD with Lester Laminack

At TCRWP Fall Saturday Reunion


On Twitter with #TCRWP,  #G2Great, and #WRRD

On Voxer

And on Slicers, Too!

Can you find yourself? 


Focus on Reading:

  • New Units of Study in Reading
  • Mindset for Learning:  Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth 
  • Reading Nonfiction:  Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies
  • Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom
  • The Construction Zone:  Building Scaffolds for Readers and Writers
  • The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5: Elevating Instruction Day by Day
  • Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work that Matters
  • Read Write Teach: Choice and Challenge in the Reading-Writing Workshop
  • The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching
  • In Defense of Read-Aloud: Sustaining Best Practice
  • Readers Front and Center: Helping All Students Engage with Complex Text
  • The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers
  • What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making
  • The Unstoppable Writing Teacher:  Real Strategies for Real Teachers

Which of these have you read?

Which of these are on your holiday TBR stack?



Focus on Writing:

About TCRWP Spring Saturday Reunion

About TCRWP Writing Institute

About TCRWP Reading Institute

About Reading

About ILA15

About Iowa ASCD with Lester Laminack

About TCRWP Fall Saturday Reunion

About NCTE15

Tweets about #TCRWP,  #G2Great, and #WRRD (and all the above!)

And Slices with #TWT!

What have you written about?

focus acrostic

A Focus on Focus:

Ever on my mind

Often changing to meet my purpose

Ever necessary

To complete my tasks

Sometimes a nagging worry

Other times a constant fear

 .  .  .  .  Ever forward

Ever moving

Difficult to pin down

Growing –

Celebrating Learning!

What is your FOCUS?

How would we KNOW?


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna,Betsy,Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers andteachers here. 


#SOL15: When is it time to panic?

When you write a blog, when is it time to panic?

When you don’t have a topic . . .

When you REALLY don’t like what you have written . . .

When you are past 30 revisions according to WordPress but the post seems to be pretty pathetic . . .

When today is the day to post, and life happens . . .

When the water line bursts . . .

When the computer shows the blue screen of death . . .

When you have assignments to read and comment on that you SHOULD do before writing your next post  . . .

When the snowstorm knocks out the power and internet AGAIN . . .

When you are at a “state” meeting and time for writing is so very precious . . .

When you hit the “Publish” button instead of the “Preview” button . . . (as I did on Sunday)

When your #OLW15 is “Focus” and all sense of focus is lost!


How do you get back on track when you have lost your focus and/or believe that your writing has slid off the edge of the cliff?

Do you panic or do you “write on” until that magic returns?

How do we teach students to focus and write on?


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy for creating a place for us to share our work.


#SOL15: One Little Word

Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy for creating a place for us to work collaboratively.

Words are so important; how do I choose just one for 2015?  I have lists of words with many scratched out and some circled. The next list has similar words including some very specific synonyms. Words scribbled in random order on post its abound!  A great deal of perseverance as well as drafting, reading, drafting, and looking up even more definitions led me to my word for 2015.










Focus:  (yourdictionary.com)


Focus is defined as to concentrate on something in particular. Focus is defined as to bring into view.

  1. An example of focus is to put all of one’s energy into a science project.
  2. An example of focus is to adjust a microscope to better see a specimen.



2015 is full of promise.  By choosing to “focus”, I will be prioritizing my time every day in order to be as efficient and effective as possible and yet have time to complete the tasks that are necessary as well as things that are on my “fun” list.  Focus will allow me to set goals and strive to meet them in both my personal (soon to be grandma) and my work roles. Every day is a treasure and concentrating or focussing will allow me to reflect at the end of the day on my goals and actions!



One little word to

Center my life,

Using words to

Sustain my actions!

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What’s your “One Little Word” for 2015?

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