The Magic Word for No Hassle Cleanup
There are some classes who take pride in cleaning up the art room and others who don’t! So how do you get a class of twenty five slobs to transform into enthusiastic efficient cleaners?
One answer: the “magic word.”
Once I discovered this word I never had to worry about supplies getting put in the wrong place or things left on the floor again. Complaints and feet dragging are magically transformed into “did we win?” and “come on guys keep cleaning!” I never have art supplies shoved, hidden in desks, or on the floor anymore.
So what’s this word that changed my life or at least clean up time?
That’s it. I tell the students I’m thinking of one “mystery item” that is out of place. I write it on a piece of paper so they know I’m not going to change it. At the end of the five minute clean up time, the table who found the “mystery item” gets a prize, sticker, music choice for next class, or whatever the reward is that day.
You should really try this “mystery item” trick tomorrow! Some people even call this game “Secret Scrap” – you choose! Your room will thank you for it and so will the kids. I promise they will ask to play “mystery item” every art class!
What are ways you encourage students to clean up more efficiently?