Sometimes my students do things that totally crack me up. That happened today.
Let me start by saying that, as the years have gone by, I've gotten more relaxed about cleanup. I'm passionate about making sure paintbrushes are well-cleaned, since I don't want to have to replace them, but I worry a little less about some other stuff. There are days, like today, that not everyone was doing something messy. The only ones painting were those 5th graders who were still finishing projects. So I asked the last kids cleaning (in retrospect, these included a few funny, impish boys) to check that there were no brushes left in the sink. I've known the kids long enough to trust that if I ask, they will do the job. So today I didn't check up on them when they said that everything had been cleaned up.
Fast-forward a few hours and I'm packing my bags to go home, and I noticed my big tub of sponges was almost empty. Where had the sponges gone? I peeked into the sink, and there they were, soggy wet, and neatly stuffed individually into my Kool-Aid water containers.