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Looking Forward to MORE Monday Mornings

Looking Forward to MORE Monday Mornings
How to Drive Your Colleagues Happy!

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May 2007 | 224 pages | Corwin

Praise for Looking Forward to Monday Morning:

"If you ever wanted to thank your staff but didn't know how to, this is the book for you. According to Hodges, surveys show that recognition for a job well done ranks higher as a motivational factor than wages and job security. Principals and managers who actively show how much they value their employees build a positive climate that filters down to students. The ideas contained in this book are sure to tickle your staff and build morale."
Principal Magazine, NAESP, Nov/Dec 2005

Praise for Looking Forward to MORE Monday Mornings:

"My entire philosophy on staff development and motivation has changed since I read this book, which breathed life into my new-found style."
—Dave Woods, Principal, Delhi Middle School, CA

Bring fun and appreciation to every Monday morning and all days of the week!

In this sequel to the best-selling book Looking Forward to Monday Morning, Diane Hodges, a former human resources director and school administrator, shares a new collection of low-cost staff appreciation and recognition activities that school leaders can implement to promote a positive and upbeat work environment.

This uplifting resource for new school leaders or those who want a fresh slate of team-building strategies offers winning activities to use during special school events, staff development meetings, and throughout the workday to easily acknowledge staff members when they do a good job.

Dozens of morale-boosting ideas and suggestions are included for:

  • Rewards for specific behaviors such as attendance, classroom cleanliness, positive attitudes, and school achievement
  • Recognition for groups and individuals
  • New year starters and year-end treats
  • Staff meetings
  • Celebrations, holidays, and winter break

Looking Forward to MORE Monday Mornings offers leaders the opportunity to give hard-working colleagues a well-deserved "pat on the back" while infusing a light-hearted and inspiring climate into any school setting.

Part I. Recognition & Appreciation
1. Recognizing Specific Behaviors
Rewarding Good Behavior

Attendance - Staff and Parents

Classroom Cleanliness

Peer Recognition

Positive Attitude

School Achievement

2. Group Recognition
General Recognition

Food Rewards

Symbols of Recognition

Gifts of Time

3. Individual Recognition
Special Recognition

General Recognition

Written Appreciation

Part II. Fun Ways to Spend Work Days
4. From the Beginning
New Year Starters

Choose a Theme

Get Acquainted Activities

5. Staff Meetings
Fun-Filled Staff Meetings

Getting to Know Each Other Better

Principal-Led Meetings

6. Through the Day
Food and Fun

Lunch Bunch

Just for the FUN of It

Team Challenges

For the Health of It!

7. To the End
End of the Year

End of the Year Treats

Part III. Celebrating With Coworkers
8. Caring and Sharing


Administrative Professionals Day


9. Holiday Happiness
Chinese New Year

Groundhog Day

Valentine’s Day

Mardi Gras Madness

St. Patrick’s Day


April Fool’s Day

Cinco de Mayo

Fourth of July Celebration

Labor Day

Halloween Spooktacular Events


Winter Holiday Decorating

Holiday Gifts and Exchanges

Just for Fun

10. The 12 Days Before the Holiday/Winter Break

Community Caring Days

Secret Santa Days

Group Activities Days


"My entire philosophy on staff development and motivation has changed since I read this book, which breathed life into my newfound style."

Dave Woods, Principal
Delhi Middle School, CA
Key features
  • Low-cost, fun ideas for staff recognition and boosting morale
  • Suggestions for immediate use in staff areas, meetings, events, and staff development

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Chapter 1

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