With a little time and planning, your classroom will sparkle at the end of each day.
The process begins with the students. Asked the open-needed question, “What are the many ways we can clean up our classroom at the end of the day?” Their hands waved. I listed the ideas on the board.
We then determined whether it would take one person or two to do the job. Some jobs were marked with a ‘2’.
My students had already been assigned numbers alphabetically. (A small jar held the numbers written on those little cardboard circles). On Monday, I pulled out a number. That person had the first turn in identifying the job they wanted for the week. Using clothespins with numbers and the list of jobs on large cardboard, let me quickly show who had that job. Each week, we drew another number to go first.
At the end of each day, everyone was asked to get ready – to think about their job and how they would do it in one minute. I counted down…five, four, three, two, one Begin!
Watching the clock, I called out the last ten seconds – 10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1! Students tore back to their seats. Students who had finished early had called out, ‘Who needs me?” and another child answered.
They sat and basked in the praise. Shiny black/whiteboards were noted. Clean floors were admired. Empty pencil sharpeners were appreciated. Yes, we were ready for tomorrow and new day and a clean classroom.
I especially praised the children when parents were coming in for conferences. “They will be so proud of you.”
A lovely benefit. The custodian loved that our classroom was so clean. He spent more time on cleaning the floor and other items.