A Surprising Solution for a Smoother Cleanup

How often do you walk to the trash can at the end of the day to find balled up paper towels lying on the floor? For some reason, all of our students think they are all-star basketball players. According to the floor, they certainly need some work perfecting their shot. Check out the video to discover a strategy that will actually make trash stay in the trash can. A little bit of leverage and consequence goes a long way!

Do you have consequences for missing the trash can?

What creative cleanup solutions do you use in your classroom? 

2 years ago

Abby is a middle school art teacher in Omaha, NE. She focuses on creating meaningful experiences for her students through technology integration, innovation, and creativity.


  • Mr. Post

    Abby – this totally violates one of my prime directives – The Art Room is a NO-Fly Zone. Nothing in the air ever!!! LOL.

    • Dawn

      Same here. Prefaced with the story of it starts out innocent until one brother throws a pen and blinds his sibling. Sorry, I’m a “safety first” girl.

  • Nic Hahn

    Love this idea! Implementing tomorrow! Thanks Abby!

  • Jenn Shock

    GO Spurs GO!

    • Abby Schukei

      Go Spurs go is right!

  • AutSwartze

    You don’t have to be this elaborate. I just tell them if they miss they have to pick up three things from the floor. Easy, can be done immediately, and they do it because they other kids hold them accountable.