Last week I reread my post from last year, My Word for 2015 – Perspective. As I reflected on my words from a year ago I found that my aspirations of running a half marathon didn’t happen, but the impact that my word of perspective was greater than I had predicted both professionally and personally. For example, I spent a week living my work life with the same level of digital access as the students that I serve and was floored by the clarity that it brought me in my work (Lessons Learned from “Living it Like a Student”). Looking at the decisions we make through the eyes of students is incredible, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
For the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about my one word for 2016. What word would have an impact on multiple aspects of my life? What word would take me on a journey where I could learn and grow? What do I want to focus on? Then it became clear to me that the word needed to be for others. How could my actions impact other people in my life?
When I was reading definitions of Empower in multiple dictionaries I found two concepts that spoke to me. First, it is to give someone the power to do something. Second, was to make someone stronger and more confident. What a gift it is to focus on supporting others to get stronger and more confident in what they do. I want to…
- Empower others to believe in themselves.
- Empower others to see technology as a tool in an ecosystem of learning where learning is at the forefront.
- Empower others to see learning with digital tools with a growth mindset.
- Empower students to have a voice in their learning.
- Empower others to see their work through the eyes of the learners we serve.
The difference in this year from previous years is that I will see the impact of this one word through the actions of others. I will need to listen, observe, and reflect on the level of empowerment I am giving. Are my words and actions allowing people to get stronger and more confident? I am looking forward to the possibilities.
What is your one word for 2016?