A large part of working with students at the beginning of the year is establishing good habits.
One big challenge for this class is for them to stay in their seats during lunch. If they don’t, then food gets all over the floor instead of just dropping on their desktop, where they can easily clean it up.
Another big challenge is that they leave their stuff all around their desk area – papers, pencils, water bottles, erasers…
Yesterday after school, I swept all the food and stuff together into a pile… into a Pile of Shame. I will show it to them this morning and talk to them about being more mindful of their things and of their classroom. It will probably work for a couple of hours.