Clean classrooms mean lessons extend beyond the curriculumOctober 10th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments
Keeping a school classroom clean and tidy is not an easy task – especially for those who are teaching younger kids. They will be naturally messy, and not too interested in helping to keep the place looking sparkling.
However, partaking in the cleaning of the school and your classroom in particular is an important aspect of the job for teachers, for a number of reasons.
We all know how the cold and flu can spread through a classroom, especially at this time of year. Germs can be passed on easily through dirty surfaces, so make sure that all desks and tables are wiped thoroughly and regularly.
Children can be affected by their surroundings more than adults. If they are in a clean and tidy environment, they will be far more likely to want to learn. Meanwhile, if the place is a cluttered mess, kids can feel lethargic and lazy, and will not be in the best mood to learn their ABCs.
Children working in a tidy environment will often learn how to be clean and tidy themselves. If they are shown where things go and told always to put them away when they are finished, it will instil this mindset in them, and leave them with a great life skill.
When you're a child, the school day can often seem long, tiring and arduous. As it comes towards the end of the day, kids will start to feel less attentive, and their learning can be affected. This effect will be worsened if they are in an environment that is full of rubbish and dirty.
You may well be one of the nicest and most helpful teachers around, but at the end of the day, your classroom reflects on you almost as much as your work. If you have a nice and organised area, then it will help paint you as a dedicated and thoughtful professional rather than a stressed and messy worker.