Hi, la Garnerette.......or is it the Garner Tojans? I seem to have
forgotten! I see your new year is getting slightly overwhelming.
Ahhhhhh...the trick is to get "them" to clean up. Once you get your system
figured out, what needs to be where and how to best tackle each kind of
cleanup mess, it'll get sooooooo much easier. Sounds like you're just
trying to do "everything" and making it too easy for the kids. It's THEIR
mess...THEY clean it up. Have each table decide their own "work-force". Let
them decide at the table who 1. gets the brushes, 2. gets the newspaper, 3.
gets the water. Next...whoever got the brushes, now washes them; whoever
got the newspaper, now throws it away and wipes table; whoever got the
water, now washes out the water bucket and tucks it away under the sink. A
little routine makes the teacher smile! All kids know their "job" before
anyone moves to get materials to start working.
Get yourself a little frig and keep cold fruit juice/sodas to give you a
lift. Play music. Find yourself a great set of slippers to put on during
your prep. These little things to make the room your home and comfortable
is a great start on getting that "zip" back.
Don't be disappointed or frazzled. It takes a year or two or three to get
comfy in your teaching. In a couple of years, YOU'LL be telling a new
teacher these same words. Toodles...........
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526