Focus on Picture Perfect Desks
Control the classroom clutter with this idea by Marie, a 3rd Grade Teacher in Millville, MA.
If you’ve always dreamed of a classroom where students actually strive for neat desks, your dream can come true! In the beginning of the school year, after all the materials have been distributed, I neatly arrange a typical amount of materials in a student desk and take a photo of this desk, I also have student volunteers stage a messy desk and I take a photo of that desk as well.
I have each photo blown up to 11” x 14” size, and mount them on paper. I label the photos Picture Perfect Desk and Desk Disaster. Each week, at an unannounced time, I choose one student to secretly inspect our room in order to report back to me on the most Picture Perfect Desk of the Week, plus two runner up desks. I then award the desk of the Week a Blue Ribbon and take a photo of the winning desk wearing its ribbon. I also award all three neat desk owners a pass allowing them to skip one night’s homework.
I post the photos of the Blue Ribbon winning desks around the mini-poster photo of the Picture Perfect Desk. This has really encouraged students to clean up their desks.
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This article was part of the August 2010 Classroom Connection Newsletter. Check out the other articles from this edition: