I have 3 3rd grade Desk fairies who sneak into the classroom during recess and check for neat desks. when they find them, the Desk Fairies leave a small treat on their desk. As the kids come in from recess and realize what has happened, they become super motivated to keep their desk organized for future visits. The girls very the days for visits so it keeps the kids on their toes. Fun!
By You never know...... from , OK
Easy and Motivating... Had to Come Back for More
Our Desk Fairy visits on the weekends, and my first graders accused me of being the desk fairy until they realized that I don't come to school on Saturdays and Sundays. Now they're excited each Monday to see who will have a little note from the Desk Fairy. She leaves "Caught Being Good" tickets with her notes (collect 10 and you go to the treasure box!), so they are highly coveted. Now they've started writing notes back to her, leaving her special pictures, and telling her they love her. It takes less than five minutes to go through my class of 30 desks as they must be impeccable to earn a note/ticket combo. If one paper is stashed in there, no note is left. On Monday, students will problem solve with each other as to why they didn't get one so that they can try again the next Friday.
By Teacher 24/7 from , CA
Kids look for this daily1
My students look for "Who got the Desk Fairy?" the first thing as they walk into the classroom. They try to figure out who "she" is and when the Desk Fairy forgets, they come up with cute excuses - "Too much snow and she couldn't fly." "She took a vacation day and couldn't find a sub." "Other classrooms must have been cleaner." It's lots of fun.
By First Grade Forever from , ME
"Desk Fairy came!"
My students never know when the Desk Fairy is going to stop by, but once she visits a few desks, it motivates others to clean out their desks in hopes she will leave them a treat too.
I have one student whose desk is always clean, and he collects his desk fairy note in his folder to keep track of how many he's won. I try to do it either first thing in the morning, or when they come back from lunch or from their specials classes. It's a fun way to give a quick treat (small piece of candy) and get others to take responsibility for their messy desks!
By 1st year teacher from , ST
About Me: Budget Shopper
Cute and motivating
I use the desk fairy occasionally in my classroom when I see desks are getting messy. The kids get excited to see the fairy has come to our class and students who do not earn the paper from the desk fairy quickly organize their desk so they can earn a visit. It's a very simple reward that gets the students smiling.