Make your Classroom a Happier, Healthier Space
Why should we keep our classrooms clean?
Keeping classrooms clean and tidy is important for a number of reasons. In addition to minimising the spread of germs and infectious illnesses, a clean classroom is also a better learning and working environment for both students and teachers.
A teacher’s responsibility is to educate their students. Whilst most schools employ cleaning companies (such as Total Clean) to ensure all areas are kept hygienically clean, teachers and their students can assist in this – and it can be fun too!
How to encourage students to keep their classroom clean
Keeping your classroom clean shouldn’t be a dreaded task. There are many ways to make it fun and encouraging. Depending on the age group, teachers can use songs, games or even competitions to encourage students to keep to the schedule and maintain their working environment.
1.Cleaning Up Songs
Most popular in pre-school and primary school. Spotify and Youtube are full of free playlists with songs made for children to make tidying fun. Why not incorporate it in your daily teaching routine?
2. Cleaning Up Games
Playing clean up games can help students identify tasks that need to be performed. There are many cleaning games available with a variety of themes. Look for the ones including cleaning of classrooms and schools.
We know for a fact that, whatever the age, children are competitive. Everyone wants to be recognised as the fastest, “bestest”, loudest and so on. Why not use it to keep our classroom clean?
4. Organise, Organise, Organise
Top Tip: Keep calm and get organised!
Improve the productivity of your learning environment by organising your utensils and materials in a system which makes the most sense to your class.
Starting with a clear system in place makes it easier to plan your cleaning process as well as maintaining it. On top of this, a tidy classroom has fewer distractions. Dirty environments can affect teachers’ performance in a negative way.
Add a little fun with games like Beat the Clock! – students must clean in the given time. When the timer goes off everyone has to freeze. If they have finished tidying up students have an extra 10 minutes free at the end of the day – or even the well-known game of Simon Says have proven to be very effective.
Classroom Cleaning Checklist
Here are some tips and hacks for cleaners working in schools to help maintain a clean and healthy environment
Top tip: When dusting, always start at the top and work your way down.
Don’t forget the doors, top of the picture frames, windows and shelves. Dusting regularly can minimise the spreading of germs and decrease the amount of student sick days.
2. Clean Desks and equipment
Top Tip: Use hand sanitiser to remove sharpie “graffiti” from desks.
Desks, chairs and equipment should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Teachers’ and students’ sick days are statistically higher if classrooms aren’t sanitised properly.
Use green cleaners for an environmentally friendly option. If you must use any harsh chemicals, make sure the room is ventilated properly.
3. Clean Floor
Top Tip: Squeeze a drop of lemon or orange essential oil on a cotton ball and place at the bottom of the bin. This will help with the smelly leftovers throughout the day.
After all the dusting and surfaces cleaning, now it’s time for the last task – sweeping and mopping the floor. It’s highly recommended to do this at least once a week to reduce the spreading of germs and keep the learning environment as healthy as possible.
How to maintain cleanliness in your classroom?
- Have a tidying checklist with student names assigned weekly or monthly
- Throw any waste you see in the bins
- Use the provided recycling bins for your waste
- Wipe up your desk and lunch table after use
- Put the books and equipment back after you use them
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Send sick students to the nurse
- Minimise use of materials and equipment that attract germs
Maintaining a clean classroom doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun and productive for students of all ages…not only to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria but to support a healthy learning environment which leads to better performance.