#CelebrateMonday: Coming Back from School Break


Have you heard of the #CelebrateMonday movement? Created by educator Sean Galliard, #CelebrateMonday is an opportunity for educators to share the positive things that are going on in our schools and our lives. While the post-weekend slump can become routine, we have the power to change our mindset and find ways to celebrate the start of a new week. As a member of an amazing school community, I always feel that there is a lot to celebrate about Mondays! Here’s what I’m celebrating this week:

Coming Back Rested and Rejuvenated

Today is our first day back from school vacation week, and we’re hoping that students and staff have renewed energy! Over break, I had the opportunity to spread the word about my favorite nonprofit organization at the NerdCon conference in Boston (check out shesthefirst.org!), visit with my best friend from DC, and read lots of great new books.


Authentic Learning Experiences

This year, my third graders are participating in a worldwide project called Same Day in March. As part of our unit on weather, we will read the book On the Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer, collect data on temperature trends in our community, and interpret data from other schools around the globe. As a self-proclaimed data nerd and book lover, I am so excited for this opportunity to connect literacy and science through an authentic learning task. Check out the Same Day in March website for more information!

Our Amazing Profession

How lucky are we to get to work in the world of education? Every day, we get to spread our love for learning. What we do matters, and it’s making a huge difference for kids and families in our communities. We don’t have to look far to find things to celebrate. Have you read the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report? While there are still so many ways to grow, the data are encouraging. More parents are reading out loud to their children. Let’s keep spreading the literacy love!

Have a great week in your classrooms!

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