Hooray for Monday

Hooray for Monday is a collection of resources we share
at the start of every week. These resources feature questions, ideas, reflections, and actions
we can all take to remodel the school experience for students. Join our mailing list to get
a weekly Hooray for Monday publication sent straight to your inbox.


What would it take for every child to be excited about returning to school on Mondays? 

This is a question Inspired Teaching founder and president Aleta Margolis
explores in new ways each week in the Hooray for Monday blog series.
Check out the latest posts below!





May I Sit Here? | Hooray for Monday

May I Sit Here? | Hooray for Monday

At this moment in time when so much is dividing us within communities and across the country, we can send a simple, and powerful, message to our students by expecting them to be inclusive.

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What’s in the weekly Hooray for Monday publications?

Each Monday morning we send out a short, uplifting electronic publication that includes a blog post from Aleta, a challenge teachers can take to hone their skills as Instigators of Thought©, an instructional idea from our #Inspired2Learn collection, and a few links to other useful tools and opportunities. These publications are packed with useful information. You can preview past issues below:

Children will Listen November 29, 2021
Thank You November 22, 2021
What’s Your Story November 15, 2021
May I Sit Here? November 8, 2021
Happy-Scared November 1, 2021
Good Company October 25, 2021
Building Stamina October 18, 2021
Professional Learning As Self Care October 11, 2021
Curiosity = Respect October 4, 2021
Dealing with Devious Licks? Be Curious September 27, 2021
Inquiry or Inquisition?
 September 20, 2021
Zooming Out September 13, 2021
Why We Love Paint By Numbers
September 6, 2021
It’s Here! Our Toolkit for Teachers August 30, 2021
Where Does Your Confidence Come From? August 23, 2021
Is It Okay to Hope? August 16, 2021
Time Traveling August 9, 2021
When the Opposite is Also True August 1, 2021
Changing the Conversation July 26, 2021
Collective Effervescence July 19, 2021
Who do you teach? July 12, 2021
In the flesh! July 5, 2021
Feeling Young June 28, 2021
Teaching the Truth June 21, 2021
Building Community June 14, 2021
Trusting Our Ability to Make Change June 7, 2021
Preserving Memories May 31, 2021
What is Excellence
May 24, 2021
Be Quiet May 17, 2021
Embracing an Improvisational Mindset May 10, 2021
How Matters – The 4 I’s May 3, 2021
Integrity – the 4th I April 26, 2021
Imagination –  the 3rd I April 19, 2021
Be Curious. Inquiry – the 2nd I April 12, 2021
Intellect – the 1st I April 5, 2021
Questions to Ask our Students Right Now March 29. 2021
Mine the Data March 22, 2021
Making School Worth It March 15, 2021
The Beholder’s Share March 8, 2021
Students as Owners March 1, 2021
Stay within Reach February 22, 2021
Learning to Love February 15, 2021
Chaos as Curriculum February 8, 2021
The Healing Power of Laughter February 1, 2021
Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration January 25, 2021
Honoring Changemakers January 18, 2021
School as Sanctuary January 11, 2021
Finding Newness in Repetition January 4, 2021
Change more than the Calendar December 28, 2020
The Importance of Rest December 21, 2020
Making Music Together December 14, 2020
Why We Sing December 7, 2020
Bring on the Challenge November 30, 2020
Motivated by Joy November 23, 2020
We’ve Got Enough Fear November 16, 2020
Trust Teachers November 9, 2020
Our Capacity for Kindness November 2, 2020
Radical Creativity October 26, 2020
ABCDE of Human Needs October 19, 2020
Hitting the November Slump Early October 11, 2020
Why Do I Need to Know This? October 5, 2020
Thank You September 28, 2020
Motivation from RBG September 21, 2020
Relationship Building September 14, 2020
Divine Dissatisfaction September 7, 2020
Changed by Learning August 31, 2020
Hooray for Monday August 24, 2020


Martha Graham, the mother of modern dance, spoke of “divine dissatisfaction” to describe the experience of creation and growth. As I understand it, dissatisfaction means that learning and creating are never finished, there is always more to do; and divine means there is joy in the quest for continuous improvement.

— Aleta Margolis