I learned that the old adage ‘a little dab will do you’ also works with shaving cream. Let me paint the picture for you…
I got the bright idea from a first grade teacher (you know who you are!) to let students spell their names out in shaving cream. She said to put some shaving cream on each desk, let them smooth it out, then let them spell words in the cream. Great!
I showed up at school this morning armed with two cans of shaving cream. I had visions of my sweet second graders obligingly spelling their words neatly in a nice section of shaving cream. Their minds would absorb every letter visually, while their little fingers would remember the tactile sensations. It would be great! They did their part perfectly… I was the problem!
My faux pas began as I squirted the anticipated shaving cream on each desk. It went something like this… Squiiiiirt, squiiiiirt, squiiiiirt… hmm, doesn’t look like enough… squiiiiirt, squiiiiiirt….that ought to do it…one more for good measure, squiiiiiiiirt. And off I would go to the next desk. I was on the other side of the room (that would be the second half… as in desks 12-23) when I looked back and noticed how far each squirt of shaving cream went. By then I was in too deep (no pun intended), so I finished the rest of the desks and let my little Hemmingways get busy.
The Clean Up
I decided to clean the desks off myself because of the sheer volume of shaving cream on each one. We have a sink in the back of our classroom. I sent students by table groups to clean the shaving cream from their hands while I tended to the desks. No problem, right? Wrong! It was hilarious… students waiting in line for their turn at the sink were getting creative with the shaving cream clinging to their hands. So there I was, trying to get 23 desks clean and the corresponding 23 students to PE in 5 minutes. I looked up and saw shaving cream being smoothed up arms… on clothes… in hair… Eeeek! It took longer than 5 minutes.
Now, when I do this again (not if, but when), I will use only two squirts of shaving cream on each desk. I will allow more clean-up time. And finally, I will continue to laugh at my mistakes…er…learning experiences.