When photographing some of my manipulatives, I couldn't help but photograph the state of my room. Now, I try to police the floors as best I can, but middle school teachers share their rooms, and often times there are greater issues than cleanliness. However! There are a few stray papers, and there are the scene in these pictures, which is beyond slovenly. The number of students that sneak food into the classroom is astonishing, and the wrappers and crumbs end up everywhere. It is disgusting.
Is cleanliness a form of respect? Is filth a sign of moral corruption? It certainly can lead to disease and germs, but is it correlated with incivility as well?
When I taught in my first school, I felt as if I was making a difference in kids' lives. It was a tough school, but my students, by and large, were eager to learn. That school, while not in a modern facility, and a far cry from my corporate days in the Woolworth building, was reasonably clean, and the neighborhood, again, was tolerably maintained. In that case, safety did not corrolate with neatness, since it was there that, during my tenure, a double drive-by shooting occurred and one of my students was, let me choose my words carefully, slaughtered by another student.
Watson Mill - corner cupboard and tea trolley
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