I've been teaching a long time.
Long enough to know that I want a clean classroom to spend 9, 10, 11 hours a day in.
I also knew that there was no way I was going to be able to keep my room clean without the help up my students.
A very smart colleague told me once, "Be nice to the custodial staff and they will be nice to you!"
That little statement started my wheels turning and I came up with some ways that my students could help maintain the room on a day to day basis that would let the custodial staff have more time to do the dirtier, grosser jobs.
I knew my students could help with dusting, sweeping, organizing, and other light cleaning tasks - so I just had to come up with a way to make it fun.
This is what I do in my classroom 99% of the time.
- At the end of the day I sing, "It's time to pack and stack!" This let's the kids know it's time to get their take-home binder, put it in their backpack, stack their chair and sit on the rug.
- Once the kids start making it to the rug they can pick a job.
The kids start to sweep the floor with dustpans, dust the room with a baby wipe, or stack any left over chairs.
- When they finish their job they come back to the rug and it's time to go home!
The custodians have told me that they appreciate this little effort we put in - plus, now they have more time to do things like clean the bathrooms or mop.
I've always felt that if students have ownership in the condition of the room - they will take better care of it.
A clean classroom is a happy classroom!
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