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Now back to our regularly scheduled program...
How, you ask?
Why, by giving you the secret to a perfectly clean classroom, of course!
Here's what worked for me:
Not being a naturally clean person (just a naturally wish-I-was-clean person), I had to work at finding ways to keep up with the mess that happens when 25 short people and 2 or 3 big people inhabit a room every day for 180 days. There were pencil shavings, dust, and the occasional sock (really? I mean, why is there just one? Don't you have that feeling that something just isn't right when you're getting on the bus with only one sock on?)...
But I digress....
To deal with my one-sock dilemma, I came up with a strategy that I named 'Rockin' Robin.'
The kids would get up and start cleaning everything and anything they could get their
1. No using the wipes on computer/tv screens or my desk.
2. No talking, unless you're singing the song (it was kind of strange, but this rule just seemed to add to the allure of the 'game' for the kids!)
3. Each student MUST be back in their seat by the time the song ends if they wanted to continue to do Rockin' Robins in our room. (Again, they LOVED this challenge, though I can't explain why!)
So that's it. We did this song at some random moment in each day and my room stayed fairly clean (though I still found those mysterious socks on occasion. Hmmm, I'm thinking Sock Elf, how 'bout you?)
Here's the kid dance version of Rockin' Robin... and the Michael Jackson one here.
So what works for you? What is your secret to keeping your room clean?
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