Skip to main content

Thankful for Custodians

 A custodian's job and work often goes unnoticed until there is a problem.  Starting in my first year, I got to know the custodians as they cleaned my classroom every afternoon.  I’ve tried to make it a point each year to get to know the custodians who ensure my classroom is clean and looking nice and it has paid off.  My first three years, I can remember the custodians walking by my classroom to check on me throughout the day to make sure I didn’t need anything.  One day in particular I was teaching at the board and I noticed someone dancing by my classroom door window and it was them.  I always found that they were going above and beyond in my classroom and I thanked them for all they were doing and tried to do my part as well.  Last year, in my 10th year, I did a cut and glue activity which always results in a mess however, this level of mess was one I had never seen before.  I tried to clean my classroom but little pieces were EVERYWHERE and so I warned the head custodian and apologized.  When I came into the classroom the next day my room shined, it was spotless.  I immediately went to let the head custodian know how amazing my room was. I learned that a new custodian who had been working so hard had just been switched to cleaning my room.  She had a huge smile on your face when I told her how much I appreciated what she had done.  I know we are all busy but take a minute or two each day to get to know them, learn when their birthday is, learn about their families, and learn what you can do to make their life a little easier.  At my current school it makes their life easier if the kids put their chairs on top of the desk at the end of the day, this is a 2 second task for each student which saves them a lot of time.  We have to work together.  Thank you to all the custodians who work hard day in and day out without anyone noticing, you rock.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Pixel Art with Math Problems

    A pixel art activity provides instant feedback and some excitement.  My students enjoy doing these because they can see right away if they are doing the work correct and they also like to race to figure out the picture first.    Integer Operations Add/Subtract Pixel Art This is an online activity where students complete addition and subtraction of integers. The students will input their answer in the table and a color will appear if they are correct. When the students are finished they will have a picture.   Distribute Equations Pixel Art This in an online activity that has students solve equations with the distributive property. Several of the equations also require knowledge of combining like terms after distributing. Students solve the problem and type the answer in the table, if they are correct a color will appear. When the table is filled they will have a picture. One Step Equations Pixel Art This activity is done online in Google Sheets. The students solve each equatio

Pixel Art Activities

    If you are looking for students to practice multiple concepts at once with instant feedback these 2 activities would be great. The first activity hast students write the equation of a line given 2 points.  They start by finding the slope, then the y-intercept, and finally writing the equation.  Each piece along the way will color the picture if they are correct.  I like this instant feedback because my student tend to get frustrated if they do all the work and then when I check it we realize their slope was wrong so they have to start at the beginning again. The second activity is on percent, decimals, and fractions.  This activity requires students to convert between the 3 along with making the fractions mixed numbers.  This is great for middle school classes to practice.  My students tend to struggle with which way to move the decimal so this instant feedback helps them check their answers as they go.   Writing Equations of a Line - Baby Yoda Pixel Art Percent, Decimal, Fraction

Valentine's Pixel Art

            One Step Equations Valentine's Tree Multiplying Decimals Dividing Decimals   Order of Operations Distribute Property Comparing %, a/b, and Decimals  Elementary Comparing Numbers Adding with Regrouping Pixel Art Adding without Regrouping Pixel Art Solving Inequalities Pixel Art