I try to keep the room as organized and clean as possible, but it's hard enough just taking care of my own workspaces. I really need student help to tidy the room at the end of the day. To illustrate the need, just look at the picture accompanying this post. What you are looking at is four jackets, three folders, three lunch boxes, and five books. Amazingly, all the water bottles were taken home this time! I "rescued" all of these items, plus a few stray pencils from the floor, tables, chairs, and other locations around our room, and I placed the items in the hallway for identification.
Most of the items were claimed upon entry, but a couple were not. If something is not claimed - and I do hold up every item to make sure - please check the lost-and-found box in the foyer area in front of the school office. You can do this when you visit the school for this week's conference (See previous post for the schedule.)
The custodial staff tries to clean and disinfect our tables and chairs and vacuum the floor every night, and all of these items get in their way (I don't suppose you have the same problems at home, do you?). Plus, we would like a class that smells and stays fresh and healthy-clean as much as possible.