It's the new year, a time for reflection and plans. I've done resolutions and anti-resolutions. (I still love those anti-resolutions and will not do those things.) Last year, spurred by One Word 365, I selected a word for the year.
The word for last year was CHOOSE. And 2012 was certainly a year of choices. Somewhere along the year I forgot to keep that word in front of me - but I did certainly focuses on choosing intentionally throughout the year. That led to a new job and a new adventure.
So I decided to choose one word for this year. My word: LISTEN
This year I will listen to others and learn more about being an effective teacher.
I will listen to my doctor and think about what I eat and how much I move.
I will listen to my instincts, using what I know and believe to impact my classroom.
I will listen to the kids, shaping the classroom to fit them and their interests.
I will listen to God, keeping open to His leadership through prayer and Bible reading.
I will listen more and talk less. I will listen more, reflect more, think more. I will listen and be quiet.
Unlike last year, I'm going to keep this word in front of me. I will evaluate each month how much I'm listening and learning, I will commit to listen on a regular basis.
What word would you choose for 2013? I'm listening.