Cleaning Leaders Assigned In Classrooms Benefit the Health of the Students

posted Nov 12, 2013, 12:47 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 12:48 PM ]
November Germblog

Happy November!

I love November. There are a lot of great things in fall that all just come together. Leaf piles, football games, Thanksgiving and the first snow that comes when you’re excited and not sick of snow yet! This is also about the time of year when things start really clicking in my classroom. Procedures are down, Halloween is a thing of the past, and it’s not close enough to Christmas for chaos just yet. This is a great time of year. 

How are you doing at keeping your classrooms clean? One thing that is really helping in my school this year is class jobs. My school is doing a big focus on leadership this year, so we have been really putting some thought into passing the responsibility on to the kids for lots of class business, especially cleaning. 

Classrooms in our building are cleaner than ever because the “leaders” in our classroom are really taking their jobs seriously and keeping things in shape. Here are some jobs specific to cleaning that I’ve used and some good ideas I’ve stolen from colleagues for keeping our rooms clean:

  • Garbage Man/Woman- takes the cans out in the hall at the end of the day
  • Plumber- Cleans the sink and checks that everything is working properly
  • Lost and Found- My favorite! Deals with all the lost coats, gloves, etc. at the end of the day!
  • Hand Sanitizer- Checks the levels of the soap, sanitizer and tissues and replaces them as necessary
  • Wipers- Wipes down tables with cleaner at the beginning of the day
  • Edge Checker- takes care of garbage along the edges of the classrooms
  • Bathroom Cleaner- doesn’t clean the bathroom, but wipes down the bathroom passes with cleaner at the end of the day. Genius.

A teacher in my building stops instruction about 5 minutes early and does “job time.” Every kid has a job, and most are the usual “pencil sharpener” or “homework passer”, but she’s put in about 8 jobs that are JUST for cleaning. By the time she leaves at night, her room is sparkling and the most germy things are sanitized. I hope my room will one day look like hers! 

Good luck teachers! And Goodbye Germs!

Mrs. T

P.S. Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

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