Student social media users mentioned many interesting problems they faced in school. Majority of this #StudentProblems101 are classroom problems such as difficulty in understanding lessons, humiliation, stress, and boredom.
Hashtag: #FelizLunes (Happy Monday)
Thank God It’s Friday Not Monday
So what is #FelizLunes about? We frequently hear of TGIF or Thank God it’s Friday but we seldom find people excited about Monday. In fact, lyrics of the Bob Geldof’s “I don’t like Mondays” proposes that”nobody gonna go to school today”. The definition “Manic Monday” suggest that the day is commonly associated with depression, a feeling caused by the significant emotional pressure of coming to school or work.
No wonder why the Bangles wished “it were Sunday cause that’s my fun day”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Monday Morning” see people “look more like a zombie on Monday”, and The Mamas & The Papas are “crying all of the time” whenever Monday comes. A study of students’ perception of Monday morning suggests that their hesitation to come to school is not exactly about the day but the confusing and frustrating subjects scheduled on Monday. Others hate Monday because they need to wake up early, nothing interesting to do, and too tired from Sunday’s activities.
The difference between Monday and Friday according to literature disappear when someone developed a sense of personal growth or when work and life become inseparable. This model of personal growth and creativity suggest that students who hate Monday and seeing the difference between weekday and weekend, and school day and holiday are not yet interested in personal growth. The work-based model of education, which is generally to developed students’ natural growth and creativity in one’s work, for instance, focuses on giving students the best professors, online resources, communication facility, and infrastructure where they can, in self-determined phase, collaborate, explore, and research.
The Role of Teachers in Creating Happy Monday
Most students hate the first day of school simply because Monday marked the end of the two enjoyable leisure day and beginning of long and challenging school week. However, Monday according to one article can be a day to look forward to if one can turn it into a less depressing day.
Motivation plays an important role in TGIM or “Thank God It’s Monday” and for students, this is about looking forward to something enjoyable at school. For instance, a student who is really motivated about learning will wake up early and come to school Monday. In contrast, if the student is fearful of the classroom and more concern over his or her safety rather than education then Monday is a hateful day.
Choices that students make and their drive to satisfy their needs for education are significantly affected by the school environment. For instance, a positive attitude towards learning can be developed by facilitating a learning environment that meets student needs. These include making the classroom an environment where mistakes are occasions of learning rather than opportunities for criticism. Classroom competition is also a motivational factor for adopting a more positive attitude for coming to school. Broadening the curriculum to include topics that interest students can improve a boring reading and writing classroom. Other motivating factors include a use of examples with which students can easily connect, an inclusion of more relevant reading materials, and students’ assignments with topics that they have not yet explored. Moreover, classroom activities that occasionally involved parents or members of the community can satisfy students’ social needs and eventually change their attitude towards learning positively.