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Bunki Kramer wrote:
> >Yawn..getting burnt out in September,
> >Michelle H. Harrell
> >North Garner Middle School
> >Garner, North Carolina
> 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