Adults dread it.
Students dread it.
I came across this hashtag, #mondaymotivation, that I pull from every Monday. For the most part, this is a great group of posts that deal with the ways we can get over the fact it’s Monday.
I pull this kind of stuff off, print it off, and post it around my room. When typically will have “Monday Writing” time and the students can either write about a personal experience or they can write about the quote. From time to time, I’ll see the quote.
We about about being positive, how our effort is our own, how we need to own our actions and behaviors. I love this kind of stuff because we have to keep it in their minds, to do the right thing. We talk about character and reputation, how it can be built up over time, but it takes one stupid thing to bring it back down.
My students ask me, “How can you be so positive on Monday?” My reply, “How can I not be? I’m here with you, doing something I love. I work in a place that warm, where boys and girls can learn. I’ll go home to my house with electricity, to my wife and daughter, who are treated the same as me. When I wake up, what’s to be grumpy about?” They shake their heads. I smile 🙂
Mondays are my days to show how people can act when they make the choice to be positive. Sure, I’d love to sleep in, wake up slowly, and bum around the house (kind of like today). But in the end, it will be their attitude, their ability to see the positive in all situations, that will help them find jobs, relationships, and more.
And I want them to see, that Mondays are something they should never be afraid of! 🙂
Happy Monday and happy first day of Spring!
March 20, 2017 at 11:15 am
Love your positive take on Monday. I am going to have to copy that quote.
March 20, 2017 at 11:26 am
I love that hashtag! I’ve got a bunch of those signs downloaded. Now, if I could just figure out what website was used to create them, I wouldn’t have be borrowing so much! 🙂
March 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm
I love your positive outlook on Mondays and love that you share your positiveness with your students!
March 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm
Every day is what we make of it, isn’t it? Appreciate the quote!
March 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm
What a nice way to develop a positive mindset in your students. I’m sure they love you for it.
March 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm
I’m not sure if the love it or even like it, but we’ll keep doing it because they need to see it, hear it, and maybe write about it too! 🙂
March 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm
Maybe the first lesson in life is how to deal with Mondays, and if you can do that, well then you can do a lot of things. I really appreciate how you push your kids to think past their current state of mind, or at least question it.
March 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm
They don’t like it, that’s for sure, but if they can get past the “life sucks”, there so much they are capable of! 🙂
March 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm
You are far more positive than me on a Monday. However that doesn’t stop me from greeting my students with a smile at the door.
March 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm
You’ll never realize the positive impact your answer, “How can I not be? I’m here with you, doing something I love,” will have on your students. I love to hear that a teacher “LOVES” their job! 🙂