It has been a long time - many of you know the triumph and struggle of being a first year teacher and I have been taking a backseat to being a blogging author, and a front seat to being a blogging reader.
TODAY, however, I have to share with you the best YouTube video I have found all year long. I know... that's a big claim to make - but this gem has wrapped up every day quietly and allowed me to start each new day in an organized space.
Sixty second cleanup was born after constant chaos ensued at the end of the day. The kids were loud, the room was a mess, there were scraps all over the floor, the rug wasn't straight... you know. I searched for weeks and tested out many '60 second timer' videos but this one took the cake and my students LOVE IT.
The best part of 60 second cleanup are the little extra rules I have added: You MUST walk on your tiptoes, you MUST be safe, and you have to be completely silent. Breaking any of these rules instantly gets them disqualified - believe it or not, being disqualified from cleaning is NOT something they want to risk!
This seems small and trivial, but for a newbie like me who spent 20 minutes every afternoon tidying up after the kids have left, I find myself with more time to do the important stuff!
I would love to hear more suggestions you have for ending the day on a positive and organized note - I can't wait to start a fresh year with everything I have learned this year :)