So this week I’ve gotten to thinking about the culture of my school and other institutions. In Todd Whitaker and Steve Gruenert’s new book School Culture Rewired, they discuss a variety of different elements to look at when analyzing the culture of an institution: Climate, Mission and Vision, Language, Humor, Routines, rituals and ceremonies, norms, roles, symbols, stories, heroes, and values and beliefs. This got me thinking to how my school uses these things, and that got me to thinking about how a schools culture can be seen just by looking to the days of the week.
Fridays and Mondays bookend our time with students. How do you, and your school, value these days? Are Fridays a day of celebration because the week is finally over? Is Monday a day to dread? Think of the underlying message we send when we have that attitude. If we truly value our role as educators, why do we look so excitedly to our time to be over? Aren’t we being just a tad hypocritical when we tell our students that their learning time is a great opportunity and they should be excited to be in school, when we so earnestly celebrate the day that denotes the end of the week or so dread the day that starts the week?
If we truly want our culture to celebrate the time with students, maybe we should make a more active effort to look at Mondays more positively and not celebrate Fridays so heartily. Sometimes small changes like this can change the culture of the classroom or even a school. Enjoy your weekend, but I urge you to embrace Monday as a good thing.