On this episode of “am I getting the hang of this blogging thing yet?” I’ll be talking about my positive mentality going into this new year (even though it’s already the end of January….):

In my Digital Media Literacy class, we were introduced to a twitter trend in Ontario called #OneWordONT where educators explain their goals, hopes, inspiration or mentality for the upcoming year in one word. Julie Ballen writes,

“having one word through which to “see” your practice, to guide your work, and to reflect on your professional learning gives you a chance to be really intentional about your professional growth. Having one word to concentrate on allows you the time to delve into the nuances of the word, to look at it from various angles, to hold it close and then to view it from a distance. Having one word gives you the chance to be shaped by it.”

I’ve attached the link to her blog here if you would like to explore her insight further!

For my #OneWordONT challenge, I chose the word PERSEVERANCE (I needed perseverance to learn how to spell perseverance). I chose this because my post-secondary career has been a long one, and I’m proud to say my dual undergraduate degree is finally coming to a close; for those who are curious: Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science (Interdisciplinary) with a Double Specialization in History and English and my Bachelor of Education!


I’m also proud to announce that I have been invited back to Lakehead next year to complete my Masters! It hasn’t been easy, but I feel as though I’ve kept strong and my support system of friends and family have helped me stay focused on my goal. #KeepOnKeepinOn

This past professional year has challenged me in ways I didn’t think possible, but it also inspired me and solidified my belief that this is truly what I am meant to be doing. So for that, I am extremely grateful! 

I have been experimenting with Podcasting (thanks to MDL 4000 and @HelenDewaard), and I have made a short “podcast” on my #OneWordONT challenge word. Check it out by clicking on the picture below:


(Is there anyone out there who likes the sound of their own voice? No.)


I have also had the opportunity to explore video editing, as I had created a short movie in my C&I to Language Arts class last semester about a theme in one of our novel study groups; ironically enough, it was on perseverance! I am honestly so proud of this video; it was my first time EVER using any sort of video editing technology, and I had such a hard time starting the process so I just kept putting it off and putting it off until I got a spark of creativity – then the whole thing was done in less than 24 hours. I had so much fun creating this, and I think it is a powerful message, yet kid-friendly and I am so excited to share it. I thought it was only fitting to share it here as well to keep up with this positive mindset and my theme of perseverance!

My short movie is titled, “Disney Perseveres” (@disney – please don’t sue me, it’s just for school). I chose to use Disney movies because I grew up with Disney and I feel as though there are a lot of strong messages, for both children and adults, that are sometimes overlooked. I chose the movies, Zootopia, The Incredibles, Moana, Mulan, and The Princess and the Frog,  and the main characters of each as the focus of my video. These characters are strong female figures, who all have very different goals, yet all work hard to reach them. I also used “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor as my song for my video as it makes the listener feel empowered and ready to take on any challenge (reader beware: this movie will get you PUMPED UP). I also added scenes with words to my video from The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Ratatouille.  I wanted to more explicitly say the message to the viewer and inspire them to believe in themselves and to show that working hard is the only way to achieve your goals. Enjoy:


I feel as though this assignment could be used in the high junior grades, as I feel as though my grade sixes in my past placement could create videos that would put mine to shame. Producing media such as this is such a creative way to get students thinking about what they are reading but then applying their knowledge to create something brand new. This project has plenty of room for interpretation and I feel educators need to explore new ways such as this to meet the constant changes in student learning.

I feel like there can be a lot of negativity in both the University atmosphere as well as the professional one due to stress levels, so this #OneWordONT movement really shows how one small tweet can really impact the mentality of those reading it. I hope to maintain this momentum of positivity and PERSEVERE through the final stages of this wild ride.



Follow me on twitter (@MsKLangford) and let’s continue to build a community of educators who remind us why we do what we do.

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