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They have a schedule for weekly extras such as the sink, wedging table,
glaze area. Some just take advantage and let their peers do it and pretend
Now, when they walk in the door for the day of their clean up, I have them
indicate BEFORE class what they will be doing for clean up. They run to the
list to sign for their favorite part. THIS WAS PURE INSPIRATION. They tend
to be more focused on their job at the end of the period because they had
"buy in" to the decision.
This may help you with the younger ones. Make a computer list and leave so
many blanks after sink, tables, etc...
Give them "buy in" to the part they will do at the beginning. I would use
stamps on the hands for good work. Then you wouldn't need the papers
unless you are making a chart in a classroom to show who is doing the most
work. They then have a nice stamp to show the other teacher that they
worked for you. Stickers are great too.
I like to give treats once in awhile unannounced for a good job.
I will buy candy and only hand it out as they leave. They
still love this at high school level.