Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What is it about Mondays?

It is Tuesday and this is a "Slice of Life" for Two Writing Teachers.  Check out their website for  "slices of life" by other teachers and writers.


Monday follows
the unknown.

Monday proclaims
frequent tears,
classroom routines forgotten,
angry words with friends,
knocking down another's blocks,
confusion about how to do things for oneself,
not looking up when the teacher calls your name,
new, sarcastic expressions,

Monday follows
the unknown.

Monday reflects
late nights?
house guests, visitors, company?
irregular routines?
few expectations and responsibilities?
doing as told, having no voice?
lots of errands, chores, adults at work?
being the center of attention?
the beginning of a virus?

Monday follows
the unknown.

Monday needs
a soft and kind welcome,
a sensory table, to sift, pour, touch,
gentle reminders,
predictable routine,
books to read-aloud,
lots and lots of hugs,
extra time in the teacher's lap,
soothing voices,
meditative moments,

Monday follows
the unknown.

Monday requires

     knowledge that Tuesday will come,
     rhythm will return.

Monday requires


  1. Every teacher might keep these words close on Mondays, Maureen. I love the 'reflects' verse, & believe it applies up through adolescence too. Patience and deep breaths are keys to the week for sure. Thank you!

  2. Wow. This poem is filled with thought. Your caring voice speaks clearly. I agree with Linda's first sentence. This writing is not just for the preschool teachers.

  3. I love the refrain and how the stanzas move between Monday realities, weekend wonderings and future hopes--nice structure, that.

  4. What a lovely way to remind us that the unknowns of the weekends have a lingering effect on behaviors of Monday. You are so wise.

  5. Greeting my sixth graders at the door each period gives me a quick barometric check for the day. I wonder what Monday needs would help my sixth graders cope

  6. Yes - especially the Monday needs - we should all remember this!