Monday, Monday #sol19
May 14, 2019
I know it’s Tuesday, however I want to talk about Monday or maybe just Mondays in general. Yesterday was May 13. Not a Friday. The first day of benchmark assessments which I usually look forward too. Here in New England, it seems we have had a endless rainy spring. All these things converged.
I didn’t think much about it until I was talking over results with a teacher while strolling down the hall. He said, this is because it’s Monday.
Monday? Monday… Can our teaching and their learning be so fragile that a weekend can change the outcome? What will the summer do? Well we know what summer can do.
I went on yesterday to do a reading assessment on an intervention student. She struggled to decode many words in a story that I presumed would be simple for her. She was hesitant, nervous, and generally anxious throughout. Monday?
Later in the day, I had a district wide meeting. We hosted in our conference room. It has a broad table and a dozen comfortable chairs. Airplay and a large screen. We had a very productive meeting and at the end one of the principals said we should meet in this room every time. It raised our productivity.
It makes me pause. Perhaps the message is that it really is not so much big picture, but all in the details. Perhaps all the magic we put together for success is the true secret sauce. Every single careful decision adds up to the mix that works.
As we finish up this year, I consider how we create the alchemy that makes that magic in a bottle. Do we avoid tests on Mondays? Do we bring cookies? Have comfortable chairs when we meet as adults? What conscious decisions can we make that might in fact change everything?