Word of the Year: AME 077

What’s Your Word of the Year?

In today’s episode, I’ll share how I use mine and how you can incorporate a Word of the Year into your life.  There are parts of this conversation that move past picking a word to represent how you want to feel or what action you want to take in the new year.

My word evolved because of a bad situation in one of my past art classes. In order not to repeat the scenario, I created an intention that I still follow today.

I’d love to hear what your Word of the Year is, if you have one and how it has changed how you use in every day.


• How I define my Word of the Year and who inspired it

• Why the practice of setting a word for the year can be helpful

• What things you can do to stay hyper-aware of your word throughout the year

• What happens when your students begin to trust you

• Which words I’ve used throughout the years and why





The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

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  • Linda Tvedt

    Great podcast! My word for the year is “Encourage”…. As Deep Space Sparkle has encouraged me… It’s my mission to encourage others… Through art, through relationships…. Purposeful, intentional encouragement. Encourage is a verb… To give support, confidence or hope to someone… To “hearten, cheer, buoy up, uplift, inspire, motivate, spur on, stir up, fire up, stimulate, invigorate, vitalize, revitalize, embolden, fortify or rally” ( according to Websters definition). So by choosing the word encourage… See what it encompasses! And how perfectly Derp Space Sparkle tools give me the resources to do all those things! Thank you Patty Palmer and team Deep Space Sparkle!!

  • Sophia Williams

    I just discovered this podcast Patty amd I am pleasantly surprised! I am a first year art teacher in a Title 1 school and I have bwen looking for someone to glean all these pearls of wisdom!
    My word for the year actually came to me before Christmas. After frustrations in the classroom and other stressful life events, God gave me longsufferring with joy:) and soon after that my husband was in the hospital for 5 days haha but there was one day in particular that we were there that we just had the best time. We had visitors, we were laughing more than we had in awhile and there was hope for how our life would be adjusted after he got out of the hospital. Many times i seek to avoid hard things but I know even more so this year that in the midst of hardship there can be joy not just getting through by gritting your teeth:)
    Looking forward to hear more of your podcasts!

  • Rebecca Compton

    Dear Patty,

    Thank you for this inspiring message. I love your story about how you connected with a challenging student. A beautiful example of how kindness and connecting is more powerful than any other behavior management strategy.

    Thank you for sharing your intentions with us!

  • Tamara Thomas Evans

    Hi Patty, I have come to realize on this snow day off from school that I don’t get to listen to your podcasts or facebook videos as often as I’d like due to the monotony of my days. What a nice reprieve from the daily grind to just enjoy a cup of tea while listening to you. I really love your vulnerability and your willingness to open up and share with all of us.
    I’ve been doing one little word for many years now. I think I first heard about it through Christine Kane and then through a favorite scrapbook artist/teacher of mine, Ali Edwards. She offers great classes and materials on how to really work your word so to speak. My word for the year is “grow”. I feel like I am in a pretty good place and am happy with who and where I am in life so now is time to move upwards a bit more and learn, try, and experience new things. Happy 2018 to you and yours!

  • Christy Segale

    Thanks Patti! I can always relate to your teaching stories, and it’s great to not feel alone as the Art teacher in the apron, hanging art and not necessarily understood by the faculty. But loved and admired, I like to think! I love your word “Intention.” It works in any circumstance. really. The word that came to me was “Focus” I feel like I’m often going in too many directions at once, and have too many goals, ideas. I guess that’s ok, as long as I focus on the goal at hand. A word does seem more powerful than a list!

  • Michelle Gifford

    Oh Patty, I love even years and numbers too! My birth year and date are even numbers, and so are my daughters’. I actually remember feeling anxious when I went into labor on the 19th! I was so relieved that they waited until 1 am on the 20th to make their entrance! My word this year is “Kind.” I’m a bit of a control freak. I can often be too task-oriented and focused on getting things done. I am really working to be intentional about treating all people with kindness – those I teach, those I work with, and those I live with! Now, I kindly ask you to think about having DSS create an official Sparklers Club t-shirt: KEEP CALM AND SPARKLE ON! I’d love to see those at the Workshop in August!

  • KP Christensen

    Feliz Año, Patty.
    My first podcast with you.
    I like your ‘word’ of the year idea. I suppose I have done something similar subconsciously when setting my focus for the year or semester.
    My focus (or words) for this year was to have the kids work big scale and then use those projects for decorating the dreary hallways … my School Beautification project!! We’ve even done cross-grade collaborations. Not sure this fits, but it’s my 2017/18 mantra.

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