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

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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, School-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 lighthearted and inspiring climate into any school setting.

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Editorial Reviews

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781412942195
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Hodges is the managing partner of Threshold Group, an educational consulting firm in San Diego. After 30+ years as an educator, she is sharing her insights through books and international speaking events. Her wit and humor have delighted audiences and readers everywhere. She has served as an executive director of career and technical education, director of instructional services, director of human resources, secondary principal, counselor, and instructor. She earned her doctorate from Michigan State University, has received twelve national and state awards, and is a best-selling author of eight books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
Recognition & Appreciation
Recognizing Specific Behaviors     3
Rewarding Good Behavior     3
Attendance-Staff and Parents     4
Classroom Cleanliness     5
Peer Recognition     5
Positive Attitude     10
School Achievement     11
Group Recognition     13
General Recognition     13
Food Rewards     19
Symbols of Recognition     25
Gifts of Time     27
Individual Recognition     29
Special Recognition     29
General Recognition     30
Written Appreciation     34
Fun Ways to Spend Work Days
From the Beginning     39
New Year Starters     39
Choose a Theme     46
Get Acquainted Activities     50
Staff Meetings     53
Fun-Filled Staff Meetings     53
Getting to Know Each Other Better     67
Principal-Led Meetings     70
Through the Day     75
Food and Fun     75
Lunch Bunch     77
Just for the Fun of It     82
Team Challenges     94
For theHealth of It!     96
To the End     99
End of the School Year     99
End of the Year Treats     99
Celebrating with Coworkers
Caring and Sharing     107
Birthdays     107
Retirement     114
Administrative Professionals Day     122
Spring!!     124
Holiday Happiness     129
Chinese New Year     129
Groundhog Day     131
Valentine's Day     132
Mardi Gras Madness     134
St. Patrick's Day     135
Easter     139
April Fool's Day     141
Cinco de Mayo     142
Fourth of July Celebration     143
Labor Day     144
Halloween Spooktacular Events     145
Thanksgiving     153
Winter Holidays     154
Holiday Gifts and Exchanges     156
Just For Fun     158
The 12 Days Before the Holiday/Winter Break     163
Planning     163
Community Caring Days     166
Secret Santa Days     170
Group Activity Days     176
Index     183
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