I have subbed in room that are bare, rooms that are beautifully decorated, rooms that are immaculate, rooms that just have too much stuff in them, rooms that are organized to the “T”, rooms that are just normal, and rooms like, ‘how can you find anything?’ So what’s the feelings on this? How is your room?
I try to keep my room incredibly neat, for an art class, of course. There may be marker on the tables sometimes and paint drips on the floor, but I strive to be picked up. I think that this is because when I inherited the room and supplies, it was a disaster. So much stuff. So much dirt. So much everything. By having 550+ students, things do accumulate, but that is why I try even harder to stay on top of things.
Nearly all of my supplies are out on the open shelves, but they are organized and have their place. I can find anything at a moment’s notice. I rarely have any papers on my desk (partially because of nosey children and partially because I keep things filed) or on the counters (besides student work that is drying).
As far as actual cleaning, the tables get wiped down twice daily when everyone is painting. K and 1 use baby wipes on their hands and finish with the tables. On Fridays, I wipe down all surfaces. Sometimes if the room is a little grimy, I give my second graders baby wipes and we do some chores and play music for the last five minutes of class.