#OLW: Reflect

Thanks to Fran McVeigh for the inspiration for today’s slice!  Read her #OLW post here.


It seems like such a simple word, yet it is fraught with hidden meanings and implications. The dictionary definition says, “to think deeply or carefully about.”  My own personal definition is a little bit different: “to think back so that I can move forward.”

For the first time, my students and I each chose a #OneLittleWord in January.  As they were contemplating the best word for 2017, one student asked me with a quizzical look, “Miss Hansen, what’s your One Little Word?”  Honestly, I hadn’t settled on one at that point; I was too busy helping students think about their words.  But as they filed up to the carpet to share their words and symbols, it came to me: reflect.

In order to grow, we have to constantly look back, think about what went well and what could be better so we can set goals moving forward.  This has been such an integral theme in our classroom, and I want to truly own this way of thinking and living this year.

Have I remembered to live by my OLW each day?  Probably not.  Am I getting better?  I hope so.  The learners in my classroom provide an extra layer of accountability as well as they call out, “Miss Hansen, that’s like your OLW!”

Reflect.  Slow down.  Look back.  Move forward.  Repeat.


I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

11 thoughts on “#OLW: Reflect

  1. I appreciated this. I’ve had a OLW for the last 5 years, and it’s a practice that I think will stick with me.
    I Love the word reflect. Great choice and I really connect with the definition you link to it.


  2. “Reflect” will be a very active OLW this month. I like reading anout other people’s OLWs, it always has a little reminder of how to become better or appreciate life more.


  3. So critical… it’s actually one of the core values of our school– be reflective. It makes everything more meaningful. The learning, the work we do together each day. When we step back to reflect on it, we make deeper meaning of what is in front of us, and thus gives more meaning to the moving forward.

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  4. When I came across Fran McVeigh’s post about #OLW, I, too, decided to do it with my students. Reading your post has got me thinking about revisiting my OLW and reflecting on it. Thanks for the inspiration. Reflecting is so important and drives our learning, right? Thanks for sharing!

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