It’s Cleanup Time!
Every table has its own garbage can, broom, and dustpan. At the end of class, we have a cleanup time. We learn this procedure on the first day of class. Get the garbage can out and start picking up things from the table top that need to be thrown away. One student walks around the table doing a floor check. Another looks under the table and the fourth gets that broom and gets busy sweeping. The stools are moved back out of the way and for a few intense minutes, we are all cleaning. Each group dumps its small garbage can in the big can and then all the cleaning tools are placed back on their shelves. The room is ready for the next class.
Do You Have a Bathroom Routine?
Shared Materials in a Specialist’s Classroom
- Each table has a main supply caddy with scissors and pencils and sharpies.
- Each table has two supply drawers with markers, colored pencils, rulers, clipboards, and paper.
- Need a new pencil? Turn in the old one and get a freshly sharpened one.
- That’s about as hard as it gets with my materials. The very first time we use any of the materials I have kids open the drawers and see what is in them. We practice taking things out and placing them back. I have kids pretend they need a new pencil and go to the pencil cups to trade in a bad one for a sharpened one.
Here’s a couple of hints for specialists:
We never use crayons. They break off and get ground into the floor. We use markers and colored pencils. Speaking of pencils… are you ready for this? This year I am going to try ink pens for lab work with my big kids. Bic pens. They won’t need to be sharpened, they can’t be taken apart, they don’t break, and they last a long time. I will let you know how this goes!