Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday, Monday - A New Perspective

Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place to share our Slice of Life.  Read more slices or add you own here.

How many of you have a different attitude about Fridays than you do about Mondays?  I know I usually do.  By Friday, I am usually ready for the weekend, ready for a much needed break.  Mondays roll around, and I hit the snooze too many times and want to pull the covers back over my head.  I get to school and teachers talk about how tired they are or what all they have to do this week.

But how many students feel just the opposite?  How many dread going home on Friday and look forward to coming back to school on Monday?  How many feel that coming to school is the best part of their day, let alone their week?

How many of them long for a place where it is warm.

A place with hot food and fresh fruits and vegetables.

A place where someone says hi with a smile.

A place where someone says, "I am glad you are here today."

I think about this from time to time, but I can't say I think about it on a regular basis.  This weekend I saw a tweet that really gave me a new perspective and changed my attitude about Mondays.

This tweet was from Steph Frosch @steph_frosch.
Yesterday I had students come in and say things like "I didn't want to come to school today."

I smiled and said with new enthusiasm, "I love Mondays!"

Of course they looked at me like I was crazy, but I just smiled and replied, "I get to see all of you."

I want to make every Monday matter in my classroom, because it might just be the best part of someone's week.


  1. Such a great perspective! I try to approach Mondays the same way. (My success rate surely is not at 100%, but I keep trying!) Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is so powerful- the tweet that inspired your post and your list that begins with "How many..." And I really love your last line.

  3. Aww. What a wonderful new way to view what we do!

  4. To quote JLo after she hears a song she really likes on American Idol, your slice gave me the goosies, Leigh Anne! Such powerful thoughts! I believe this is by far the most important thing we can do for our students: SEE THEM. Of course the content we teach is important. But caring, love, are far more important.

  5. "Making Mondays matter" - what a great idea. Thank you for highlighting the flip side of the coin for us!

  6. Love your perspective and how you took action as soon as possible.

  7. It it so true that we don't always know what students go home to. Your students are lucky to have you greet them on Mondays.

  8. That's just a great attitude, Leigh Anne - and what a wonderful way to begin the week!

  9. You just never know who needs that smile, kind word, or hug. You make a difference to everyone you see. Love that tweet!

  10. Great reminder for us to be thankful and to show it in class as well!