Do you have a classroom pet peeve? Mine is untied shoes. I can handle a lot from these firsties, but there is something about those stringy laces hanging on the ground. They inevitably get stepped on and played with and drive me NUTS.
In past years I've just dealt... but this year I cant take it! I have one kiddo who insists on putting his untied shoe laces in his mouth... eww! So I started the I Can Tie Club in my class. I have been encouraging my students to BEG their parents to teach them how to tie. When they can successfully tie their shoes, they get to sign the giant shoe and get a pencil.
We started last week and I have 3 kids down, 18 more to go... yikes! But we will make it; all tying by the end of the year (or sooner, fingers double crossed!).