Offline classes are back in view after a very long time because the institute ERP has allowed it owing to the decline in pandemic cases. Thankfully for students, they can have their school life back and make the most out of their learning years, with the necessary precautions.
A classroom is a place where all lessons are taken. With the no longer in continuous use, students have to now worry about keeping the classroom clean and organized, rather than arranging PDFs and learning resources in the learning management system. Students spend most of their day in a classroom and hence the cleanliness can impact their health, mental capacity, and learning quality.
Even if some students are still learning through an LMS, there is a need to keep their desks clean because their room now acts as a semi classroom for school hours.
Here are some tips that involve students participating in class and cleaning their classrooms.
- Maintain sanitization
The pandemic is not over yet, students need to remain sanitized and also sanitized in the classroom. Classroom sanitation work is done by professionals and other school staff, but the least students can do to protect themselves is to sanitize their bags and hands before and after every lesson.
- Manage the trash cans
No more throwing things out of the window, or going to the end of the hall to throw pencil sharpener waste. A lot of times students find it easy to throw it just inside the classroom and blame it on others. Maintain two trash cans in the classroom, one for dry waste, and the other for wet waste. It saves time and the work of school staff members too.
- Clean shared tables and objects
Some shared objects like a desk and blackboard can be cleaned occasionally by students. It teaches them collective responsibility.
- Minimize spills
How many times has the student spilled water, and soon their lunch all over their desk? Whether it is the desk or the floor, someone has to clean it. When students clean their mess, it teaches them to be responsible and not to repeat this mistake. Even if the spill is accidental, students can come together or volunteer for the cleaning work. It teaches them moral values.
- Maintain an organized classroom cabinet
A classroom cabinet is a solution to keeping the room tidy. This classroom cabinet can have a store of all extra pens, pencils, bags for students, charts, and even project works that students complete only during classroom hours. No need to look for something all over the room because it’s lost again when they know that they can find it in the cabinet!
- Take turns and assign jobs
The cleaning task can become monotonous if the same child does the same job every day. Just like students rotate on a bench so that everyone gets to sit in the corner a few days a week, the assigned activities should also be rotated among students so that everyone has the opportunity to do something new every day. It not only guarantees efficiency but also variety in the skill of students.
- Cleaning should be an everyday habit
Cleaning once in a while is not enough to maintain complete hygiene and responsible behavior in the classroom. Students tend to overlook it and delay the cleaning work by day if there is a gap in between. Moreover, there is a lot of work if cleaning is done for a few days only. It should be an everyday thing this way it takes up only 5 to 10 minutes of everyone’s time and not 30 minutes twice a week.
Students should be aware of why they are working so hard to keep the classroom neat and organized. Without this realization, they will not put their 100% effort into the work. Every class teacher should take some time out to educate students on the topic.
Some individuals might question why students and teachers should participate in cleaning the classroom when other staff members are assigned the work already. It is because participating in such activities can make students feel responsible, and more included in the learning process. Moreover, they can also be expected to have a lot of fun and build empathic and communication skills while working with other students to get the job done.