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As a teacher, it's hard enough to keep my own desk straightened up, much less the 20-30 desks belonging to my students!

If messy student desks are driving you nuts, try these simple strategies to help your students maintain optimum organization of their belongings in the classroom.

And while we're on the subject... what's your favorite way to help your students tidy up?


February 19, 2008 at 8:40 pm
(1) Sarah says:

Competition always works for me! At the end of the day I’ll walk around the room quickly and mark which desk or pod (group of desks) are the neatest and the winner at the end of the week will get a prize such as lunch with the teacher, homework pass, etc.

February 20, 2008 at 4:59 am
(2) Abhijit Purohit says:

My wife is a pre-university Mathematics teacher. She put a small gift on the desk of a student on his / her birthday, and just look inside his / her school bag or desk. She arrange a Competition once in the month for Good House keping, which inclus conditions of notebooks and textbooks in addition to desks, class room arrangement, dustbeen and uniform. It has always worked for her class.

February 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm
(3) Lynn says:

When it was still “OK” to give students candy, the Clean Desk Fairy would come around and check desks. . .I would sprinkle a bit of iridescent glitter on the clean desks and hide a jolly rancher or tootsie pop in the desk. (Last year I had a student who couldn’t find a specific paper in his desk. . . I offered to help him look. . . when I tried to dump his desk NOTHING fell out! I pulled one way while he pulled the other, and we finally got books out!)

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