Student Contributor: C. Skaife
The dirtiest wipe contest is used as a tool to clean up the classroom. It is helpful because the entire class is working to try and get their wipe the dirtiest by wiping down anything that is dirty, which leads to a clean classroom. This also helps students feel motivated to clean their classroom and be proud of the way it looks.
All you need for this tool is a tube of Clorox Wipes. The expectations for this tool are set up at the beginning of the year, their volume is low, and they need to give their classmates space.At the end of the week with about ten minutes left in class each student would get a wipe. The entire class would wait until everyone has a wipe, once everyone has a wipe you can start a timer for 2 minutes and let the class start wiping down anything in the classroom. After the timer goes off everyone will stop wiping and go back to their seats, this is where I will compare all of the wipes and see which one is the dirtiest. The student with the dirtiest wipe gets a reward. Because the teacher is choosing the student with the dirtiest wipe it is pretty easy to rotate the student who wins. Not only will this help get your classroom cleaner, it will also help students build responsibility for how their classroom looks.
I decided on putting the dirtiest wipe contest in the supportive phase because I believe that it helps students learn that having a clean learning environment is important. Using this tool will encourage students to take pride in what their classroom looks like, and they will become responsible for how clean their classroom appears. This also fits into the supportive phase because the class is learning how to be a community by working as a class to clean their classroom. This tool fits into the Student Directed and Collaborative theories, because the students are doing the work, while the teacher is directing the process. This tool also fits into the preventative and corrective phases. It can fit into the preventive phase because it prevents the classroom from getting dirty, which prevents the classroom from turning into a learning space that distracts the students. It can also relate to the corrective phase because if the classroom is already dirty we can correct that by using this tool.
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Tool Source: This idea came from Kendyl York’s TikTok.
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