As I sat at my table during quiet time, after lunch, a pack of post-its and a mechanical pencil was dropped on my desk. I looked up to see C. She was just staring at me.
I did the scrunchy eye thing, hoping she would be following up with some words to explain…Nope. So, I had to ask, “What’s this for? Do you need something?”
“It’s yours,” she responded. “After you earn three erasers, you get something bigger.”
See, she was the one who wrote me a note describing me as “crazy nice and messy.” So, I decided early last week that I needed to clean my desk for her. I just felt so bad that my mess weighed on her mind. She would come to sit at my table for guided reading and she would just look and shake her head…the disappointment. After the first day of a clean desk, she informed me that I would be receiving a prize for each day I kept my desk clean. So, far I have earned three erasers, post-its, and a pencil from her.
It turns out my clean table is BIG news in our class. I received a round of applause from the class when they arrived and saw my clean desk last week. It was also the subject of several slices of life. Here are a few:
With all of this encouragement, how could I not keep my table clean! Plus, the kids give me reminders if it starts to get a little messy again…I can’t let them down!