"Here is a blackboard tip that eliminates yucky, wet cloths and sponges while keeping blackboards looking like new. I take a clean small towel and put a little bit of lemon oil on it. I place the towel in a Ziplock bag and leave it overnight so that the lemon oil soaks into the towel. After I erase the blackboard, I clean it with the towel and it removes all the chalk dust without leaving any streaks. The blackboards look like new. I add a couple of drops of lemon oil from time to time but there should not be so much on the cloth that it wets the board."
Submitted by: Marilyn Redmond , a second grade teacher at Roland Michener Public School in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.
End-of-the-Day Clean Up
I use "seconds" as a way of getting students to clean up. At the end of the period or end of day each item left on the floor counts as 30 seconds off their recess. After the first day of 3 minutes off recess we rarely have to stay in more than 30 seconds anymore. They really enjoy picking up their "seconds".
Submitted by: Leslee Whalley
Floor Clean-up Games
Make clean-up less of a hassle and more of a game! There are two variations to this game: "Magic Piece of Trash" or "I Spy". Whichever name you decide to go with, you will play them the same way. I absolutely LOVE this game after we've beenn working on a messy project.
My students usually manage to find trash that I didn't even notice was on the floor! I've had students find used tissues and band-aids. In these cases I show them how to use a clean tissue to pick them up from the floor.
Markers & OFF
Don't worry about marker writing smearing. Instead of using dry erase markers on things which you do not want to smear, use Permanent marker and then keep a bottle of OFF insect repellent (other kinds might work) and spray on and wipe off! I use this on my birthday chart. I also use this daily with a large sheet of laminated paper.
Submitted by: Stacy Edge
Have you or a student ever accidently written on your whiteboard with permanent marker? Here's a quick and easy solution! All you need to do is grab a dry-erase marker and just "scribble" over the permanat marker writing. You might find it more effective to make the dry-earse marker scribbles go the opposite direction of your permanent marker (see photo). To help eliminate the chance of this happening, consider labeling all permanent marker with washi tape or color/pattern duct tape.