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Season It With Fun!

Season It With Fun!
A Year of Recognition, Fun, and Celebrations to Enliven Your School

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February 2010 | 232 pages | Corwin

"True to form, Hodges once again provides administrators with superb ways to support and encourage a wonderful, nurturing culture in our buildings. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to have fun as you welcome staff back and greet new staff members. Though these activities are enjoyable, their underlying purpose is important—one of collaboration, respect, trust, and getting to know one another. The author offers numerous opportunities for faculties of all sizes to interact with one another throughout the year. For new and experienced administrators, this book is a treasure chest of ideas just waiting to be opened!"
—Tess W. Blumenthal, Principal
Valley Elementary School, Jefferson, MD

"Hodges shares very practical and innovative ideas for making 'fun' of the hard work we do! Her ideas will be used with our administrative council to motivate and reward them for what they do, and to model how they can take these ideas back to their own staff. I'll be buying this book for each of them as a back-to-school gift for their professional libraries!"—Julie Germann, Assistant Superintendent
Monett R-1 School District, MO

Create a fun, inspiring climate that motivates staff members the year 'round!

In this exciting new resource Diane Hodges, best-selling author of Looking Forward to Monday Morning and Looking Forward to MORE Monday Mornings, offers a wealth of ideas, strategies, and tips for creating a positive, rewarding, and fun school climate.

Based on research findings that identify educator needs along with a collection of ideas from educators throughout the U.S. and Canada, the book provides positive, spirited approaches to help principals and school administrators create a nurturing culture where staff members are encouraged and appreciated for all that they do. Organized around the seasons, this reader-friendly guide includes:

  • Preparation plans for the new school year
  • Fun campus and community events that prompt everyone to get involved
  • Seasonal activities, songs, and tips for celebrating special holidays and occasions
  • End-of-the-year reflections and rewards
  • Unique original artwork by John Speeter that highlights important ideas and concepts

Spark staff members' enthusiasm and boost campus morale every day by incorporating proven techniques that will revitalize the spirit of your entire school community!

About the Author
About the Illustrator
1. Creating a Fun, Rewarding School Climate
Recognition and Appreciation



In Closing

2. Start of the School Year
Before School Starts--Get Ready!

Get Set!

Go! Ready or Not…Here They Come!

Choose a Theme!

Welcoming New Staff Members

3. Fabulous Fall: September Through November
Pause for Applause

Powered by FUN!

Fall Celebrations

4. Wondrous Winter: December Through March
Pause for Applause

Powered by FUN!

Winter Celebrations

5. Sensational Spring: April Through May
Pause for Applause

Powered by FUN!

Spring Celebrations

6. End of the School Year: Ahhh Summer!

Pause for Applause

Powered by FUN!


"Wow! Once again, Hodges has inspired me! Her words in the first chapter really struck a chord with me. What a wake-up call to not only like what I do, but show appreciation to those who go above and beyond for this school. The ideas are refreshing and have stimulated me to put together a calendar of FUNdraisers for the entire school year!"

Karen Koehn, Guidance Counselor
Northwest Technology Center, Alva, OK

"I have been using Diane Hodges' ideas for four years now, and every one has been a hit. Keep those great ideas coming!"

Mary Laigle, Assistant Principal
Travis Elementary School, Mineral Wells, TX

"I love Diane Hodges' books! I own them all and use them regularly! Great ideas for motivating school personnel."

Vicki Lewis, Principal
Washington Elementary School, Miami, OK

"What I love about Hodges' books is that they have ideas for every situation and every budget. Best of all, the ideas can be modified to work with any occasion."

Deb Macklin, Secretary
Quincey Community Schools, MI

"Teachers, faculty, and staff members work inordinately hard for a simple does of appreciation. Diane Hodges sets forth a multitude of dynamic, refreshing, and investigative ideas that really allow you to get to know your team members. The book is packed with straightforward, immediate, useful initiatives that are perfect for letting your staff members know that you appreciate them on a regular basis. This is an easy, quick-read book that you will not want to be without!"

Jim Moeder, Principal
St. Mary's Grade School, Ellis, KS

"I have all of Diane Hodges' books and refer to them every day for ideas and quotes. The books provide a wealth of information."

Karen R. Peterson, Principal
Illini Bluffs Elementary School, Glasford, IL

"Hodges highlights the importance of cultivating a positive school staff climate. In this age of high-stakes testing and increased accountability, administrators need to accentuate the positive to their staff whenever they have a chance. This book offers many fun and easy suggestions to praise, laugh, and celebrate as a staff together. I enjoyed reading this book for ideas that I could use immediately with my staff. The book also confirmed to me that my efforts toward yearly themes, notes of praise, and little positives that I try to offer my staff each day matter and should continue. You will enjoy this book!"

Mike Pinto, Principal
James Cole Elementary School, Lafayette, IN

"Hodges' books are always filled with wonderful ideas to use with the school staff. The books are an easy read and a great reference to keep on my office shelves. I go to them regularly when we are celebrating a holiday, special event, or when the teachers just need a little boost. Her suggestions have helped draw my staff closer as we laugh and celebrate together."

Debbie Sanders, Principal
Derby Hills Elementary School, Derby, KS

"Inspires teachers and administrators to 'have a great day' through Hodges' collection of positive thoughts on how to have fun in the workplace! The book shares a wealth of creative ideas that all educators can share immediately with their faculty, staff, and parents. It will make new and aspiring principals better administrators."

Jean Smith, Professional Development Director
Illinois Principals Association

"There are so many good ideas that it is hard to name just one or two as the best. I've used several, and every time I read this book, I find about ten more that I plan to put into action. Thanks for the great ideas that make work fun!"

Doris Waddell, Principal
Park Elementary School, Casper, WY

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