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Slice of Life: The Power of One Little Word

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hFor the past two years we have participated in One Little Word. Ali Edwards began this idea in 2006.   She reflects on how one little word can make such a difference in one’s life:

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.

Now that we have participated in One Little Word we truly understand the power of a single word. This experience has also inspired us to reflect on the power of an idea to make change in our world. It inspires us to invite students to realize that they write for more than a grade, or a score or a comment. They write to impact others, to inspire a change or to solve a problem. Our students need to know they have wonderful ideas and these ideas, however small or big they may seem, have the potential to change the world.

We do not personally know Ali, but we are now connected to her and so many others in this community because Ali had an idea. Her idea had the power to change people she has never and may never meet. It is so exciting and energizing to realize this power and to share it with young writers. Whether it is essay, poetry, fiction or informational writing, our words have the power to impact others and make change.

Last year we chose the words positive and mojo. Throughout the year we joke about our words, reflect on our words and push ourselves to use our words as an inspiration. Last month we took the time to discuss the journey of our words and realized one word continued to work its way into our conversation. We kept hearing it, discovering it and wondering about it. Although it wasn’t’ our word, it was the word we kept coming back to — choice.

We realized that in order to live with the words positive and mojo we each were making purposeful choices. Positive and mojo just didn’t happen we had to make a choice to bring them to life. Holding these words close gave us the strength to stay positive in the moments we were tested and the perspective to see magic in the ordinary. We may not be able to control what life brings, but we do have the power to choose how we will respond and to see the power in the world and people around us.   These words kept us company this year and we realize gave us the power to make choices that helped us focus on the joys of life.

We have never tried OLW with students, but we think it is a great way to have them realize the power of words. If you want to learn more about One Little Word check out Ali’s website and stay tuned to Slice of Life on the Two Writing Teachers blog in January of 2016 when many slicers will share their OLW.

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    Cathy
    Posted at 12:53h, 22 December Reply

    Tammy and Clare,
    Living our words does require us to be thoughtful with our choices. We do sometimes have to decide to push through the hard parts. Perhaps our words do help us to move through the tough times.

    Cathy

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      Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 20:02h, 22 December Reply

      Cathy,
      We never thought of it that way when we began, but the words we chose this year seemed to work that way. Funny how each year and word is different. Hope all is well. Merry Christmas.
      Clare and Tammy

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    rosecappelli
    Posted at 13:58h, 22 December Reply

    What a wonderful reminder of the power of words! Isn’t it amazing how one word can have such far-reaching effects. Merry Christmas to you both!

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      Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 20:03h, 22 December Reply

      Rose,
      It is amazing! Love connecting with you over slices!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful cookie-filled Christmas!
      Clare and Tammy

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 14:36h, 22 December Reply

    Every year with my OLW is a journey, and you’re so right in this, that we must choose how to make the word work for us. Reflect and act are two important words in that journey too. Thanks for the insightful “words” from your own year, Claire and Tammy. I always come away from your posts with new thoughts to ponder. Happy Christmas!

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      Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 20:04h, 22 December Reply

      Linda,

      Thank you for helping us reflect and grow through your response. We truly enjoy the slice community – we learn and grow as writers and people each week. Merry Christmas!
      Clare and Tammy

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