Many people make New Year’s Resolutions – promises of what they will do differently in the new year ahead. There is a movement of choosing one word as a focus for the year ahead instead of lots of little promises or resolutions. This word helps you focus on the kind of person you want to be and it applies to multiple aspects of your life.
I have chosen one word the last several years to guide my year and give me focus. This year, I’ve selected the word DISCIPLINED:
- I will be disciplined in spending quiet time in God’s Word.
- I will be disciplined in my exercise and eating habits – making healthy choices a daily habit.
- I will be disciplined in writing and posting to my blog.
- I will be disciplined in turning off my electronics and spending quality time with my family.
As I reflected and worked through my one word, I thought about how powerful this process is and how I wanted to share this not only with the teachers on my campus, but with our students, as well.
But this is a complicated process! How can I help to guide students to process through and reflect on one word that would help them to focus all aspects of their lives in the year ahead?
With a Shared Google Slides template, of course! 🙂
In the template below, I’ve tried to break down reflecting, deciding on a word, and applying it into easy to follow steps for students. Check out what I came up with here:
So using this template, my one word of DISCIPLINED would be:
Download a copy (clicking the link above) and make changes to make it applicable and relevant for your students.
I suggest presenting the blue slides to the class whole group to explain what the “one word” movement is and guide them through jotting notes and deciding on their words.
Once you’ve edited the template to your liking, click on the blue share button and ensure that anyone with the link can EDIT – this way ALL students will work on the SAME slides presentation at the SAME TIME. Copy the link and share it with students (use google classroom, email, or a url shortener to make this easy).
I’ve made sure there are 30 blank template slides for students to utilize for their own “one word” digital posters. If you have a larger class, be sure to duplicate a few more copies of that template slide before sharing with your class.
Students can utilize the green instruction slides and the yellow example slide to guide them independently as well as reference the blue background information slides as they work independently on their own slide.
I love using collaborative slides because it enables students to see each other’s work and learn from one another even though they are working alone on individual slides.
Please let me know if you are interested in using this template and need help OR if you use it with students, I’d love to see the results! 🙂