This fall I went back to teaching after a three year break to stay home with the kids. I am teaching middle school science at Timothy Christian School. Middle Schoolers are hilarious! One thing I noticed is that their lockers are an abyss! They make a toxic waste dump look like the botanical gradens.
Last week I noticed that one of the 8th grade boys could not close his locker door because of all the papers hanging out. I asked him if he would mind if I cleaned out his locker for him. He was so excited and said that would be "the best thing that ever happened to him."
|This was the pile of papers that I pulled out of his locker!|
Since it was the last day of the first marking period, it was safe for me to throw out most of those papers. I just saved the tests and quizzes that I found so that he could use them to study for midterms. I put those papers in the top of his locker.
I hung up the jacket that was at the bottom of the abyss. I guarantee that he hasn't seen that jacket since the first week of school. I also neatly stacked his books at the bottom of his locker. I was lucky that there was nothing smelly in there!
|The finished product!|
I think it will be much easier for him to get to class on time. I plan to check in with him during the week to make sure that he is keeping his locker clean. He needs to learn to get organized so I think this will be an ongoing process.
So what is my new business idea? If you haven't figured that out yet, I am going to offer my locker cleaning service to the students. I think they would pay $10 that. What do you think? :)