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Re: Messed up

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art guide (artsguide)
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 14:51:55 -0700

"What do I say to a kid who always says""I MESSED
UP!" and wants new paper."
One of the ways I handle it is to tell them that some of the best solutions have
come from a mistake. I then walk away, keeping watch out of the corner of my eye.
If they still cant handle their mistake after working with it a while, I give them
another sheet of paper, sometimes there is no harm. Think of how frustrated you
would be if you couldn't have another piece of paper once in a while. Of course
you wouldn't want the student to always act on their first impulse and throw things
away without trying to work with it.

"Everyone is reacting from anger
to more anger! Anyone have an idea as to what I should do for the next step? Should
I see the principal?"

I suggest you do this as a last resort. Someone before wrote that they send out
a written policy on what they can borrow, and when they can borrow. Seeing a policy
on paper makes a policy more set in stone for the faculty. Most should understand.
If they don't, tell them to see the administrator. Beware, seeing a principal might
result in people feeling like you stepped on their toes.

Been there, and unfortunatly, done that.

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