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dusty the desk mouse

 I am a little OCD when it comes to my classroom. I love things nice and tidy.
Let me tell you--it is hard to being a neat freak in a first grade classroom!
However, I am a believer that children can be trained.

Since the beginning of the school year, I have been working on it with my students.

It drives me crazy when they just shove things into their desks.
It drives me CRAZY when they collect scraps/garbage and pile it in their desks.
It drives me crazy when they can't find anything they need, because their desks are too messy!

So, to solve this problem, I brought out Dusty the Desk Mouse.

My students think he is pretty stinkin' awesome!

Dusty the Desk Mouse will only visit desks that are clean... inside and out.
And if he visits your desk, he will stay for the whole entire day!
Every morning, as soon as I greet my students at the door, they check to see who's desk Dusty is on.
Word always spreads quickly and it isn't long before the whole class knows where he is.

He is kind of a big deal.

What do you do to encourage cleanliness in your classroom?
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