Maureen, a 1st Grade Teacher from Alpine, Utah, knows all about keeping her classroom clean. She shares with us her personal experience trying to remove tape and debris from desks at the end of the year in the hopes of saving just one fingernail. Our nails thank you, Maureen!
Clean Messy Desks
“Clearing desktops of a year’s worth of hardened glue and tape residue has never been my favorite job. For 18 years, I have had students attempt to scrub the grime and glue away with cleaners and rags. Out of sheer frustration, I would always resort to using my fingernails to loosen the most stubborn debris. More than once, I ended up breaking a nail, or cutting myself on the hardened glue.
It finally dawned on me to save my nails and to instead enlist the help of a plastic scraper like the one I use on my kitchen pans. Now I have my students spray their desktops with warm water and then scrape their desktops clean with very little effort. I only wish I discovered this when I started teaching all those many broken fingernails ago!”
What’s your best tip for cleaning messy desks at the end of the school year? Is there a tip or trick that works for you? Share it with us below or on the Really Good Teachers Forum!