OLW 2021 Reflection

It’s my 7th year to choose a One Little Word (OLW).
2015 – Responsiveness
2016 – Transparency
2017 – Routine
2018 – Active
2019 – Confident
2020 – Here / Hear
2021 – Structure

I have no clue what word will find me and guide me during 2022. But I still have a few weeks to go before naming it. Today, I celebrate the word STRUCTURE in words and photos which guided me well in 2021!

This 5-part Literacy Log became the structure I use now to post and reflect on my reading, writing, viewing, listening and speaking life each month. (Thank you, Tenille Shade @tenilleshare!) I love how the structure captures ALL aspects of my literate life. And month by month, as I look at each section, I am monitated to keep my literacy life strong!

I am proud that I presented last month. However, after presenting in 2019 and 2020, I told myself to just take a break and attend in 2021. Then NCTE announced the theme (which is like a structure) and it changed my mind. I am proud of sharing my antiracist teaching story along with my colleagues virtually at #NCTE2021. (Here’s the link to our 65-min presentation).

Maybe this is taking a broad view but I am proud of how this one skillet allowed me to structure and create amazing meals this year. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet yet, I recommend getting one! If you have a favorite recipe you make in yours, do share!

All year, as I worked and played, the mantra of structure organized and kept me going. How about you? How did you do with your OLW?!!

12 thoughts on “OLW 2021 Reflection

  1. Susan Kennedy says:

    This structure of keeping track of your accomplishments is inspirational. It makes me think of how I’ve been ignoring my one little word lately. Thanks for the inspiration and the motivation to get out my cast iron skillet.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    Structure probably should be a word I visit more often. I am a loose fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gal. I don’t think a word would change that. But I love how you made it work for you. Those shelves are brilliant. Congrats on presenting at NCTE. My word is Inspire. You are an inspiration to me and others. What will 2022 bring?


    • sallydonnelly11 says:

      You also inspire ME. Possibly 2022 may bring more in-person opportunities. I regret being so tired at the Baltimore 2WritingTeachers gathering that I didn’t talk and connect more. If I had known then it would be my last in-person conference….BUt I can celebrate having met you then in person but do hope our paths can cross again, maybe in 2022!! Have a lovely winter break.

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  3. Stacey Shubitz says:

    First, I LOVE my cast iron skillet. I didn’t use it much when I got it, but nowadays I use it a few times a week.
    Second, I’ve been doing decently with joy. It’s been hard. 2021 has been quite the slog. But I have found moments of joy.

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  4. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski says:

    Hi Sally! I love your OLW review and structure was a great choice. I really like how you are sharing your literacy life with the format (structure) you created! I am going to check out your presentation link soon. Congrats on all you have been accomplishing! (Dinner looks amazing as well). Thank you also for your comment on my post- I’m also a better person for knowing George Bailey. Enjoy your holiday movies!

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  5. Denise Krebs says:

    What a great year it has been with your STRUCTURE word. I have had a good year of thankfulness with my word: GRATITUDE. I’m curious how you keep track of the Literacy Log. Congratulations on another presentation at NCTE! I’m looking forward to being able to get out my rusty cast iron skillets and put them back into service soon.


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