It is mandatory that students in my classroom take part in cleaning the studio.
Things the kids clean…
7. Paint splatters on walls
8. White boards (clean)
9. Bulletin boards (take down display, take out staples)
10. Organize and clean out all the different classroom media (crayons, color pencils, markers, watercolor, pastels…)
11. Wipe down rulers and scissors
12. Organize paint cabinet, glaze cabinet, glue cabinet
13. Tidy up storage closet
14. Return things to media center
15. Table bins (wipe down)
16. All door and cabinet handles
Truthfully, some classes clean the same things in order to get the room as clean and prepped as possible. Most of the time I still have to go behind them and touch up- but this year they did a GREAT JOB and I even had kids ask to come in in the morning to help me out.
Reasons WHY the kids participate in cleaning the studio:
1. The studio is their work space as much as it is mine.
2. Letting students help in closing the studio helps them to have a bigger “buy-in” to the space.
3. Helps them feel more responsible for keeping it clean in future classes.
4. It helps me keep my sanity.
Edited to add:
I ask for volunteers during the school year but cleaning up the space at the end of the year is mandatory- no matter how small a part they play. I keep the room neat during the school year so this is not a huge undertaking. The kids love testing the materials... And they like organizing the supplies and cleaning the whiteboard. As soon as they are done their "reward" is yearbook signing time/ so the cleanup normally takes all of 10 minutes.