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I list all the jobs that have to be done in order for the room to be
spotless before we go, everything from "sink" to Mrs. H's desk (now
there's a doozy!).. I write these all down on a yellow pad, one on each
line. I then take a scissors and cut them up into strips, fold them and
stick them in a hat. I have a different "list" for the different
classes, for example the drawing and painting kids won't be cleaning the
potters' wheels, and consequently, the jewelry kids won't be cleaning or
organizing the acrylics.
I stand on a chair (hey! I'm short, ok?), at the entrance of the door,
holding the hat, and they pick before they sit down, quietly hoping and
praying they don't get "sink".
Then they sit down, you can hear the buzzin' "what'd you get?". I tell
them every year...."I'm not on your case all year about cleaning up, but
today's the day....you and your art peers dirtied this room, so you are
all responsible for cleanin' it up" When you are done with your "job",
give me the slip of paper with your name on the back, and you will be
graded for a job well done...now go"
On that day I have cleaners, sponges, and garbage bags ready. One of
the jobs is "bringing bags of garbage out to the dumpster",,,but they
know not to take the heavy ones...but we have plenty of them that are
light. Another of the jobs is "cleaning the undersides of the art
tables and chairs"...so you can see, with 16 kids per class, times 5
classes, you can get the bulk of the work done.
My cries of "don't wear white tomorrow, we're cleanin'" is tradition in
this school, as is a completely bonkers art teacher by the end of the