I mark "u.p." in my class recorded book (unprepared), then, at progress report time, I print a note to parents mentioning it. I also keep a stash of the little golf pencils my husband is kind enough to bring me. The kids don't like to have to use those-they're small and have no eraser, but my standard answer is "beggars can't be choosers." Linda in NC
From: Joe Cox [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 4:10 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Students who forget their tools
I am in need of some advise on how to handle chronic forgetters. Students who continue to forget their pencil, paper and so on. I only require my students to bring a pencil, eraser, and a notebook or sketchbook.
* Has anyone developed a good way that keeps record of how often a student forgets to bring the proper tools for class, or bring a pen, mechanical pencil instead of a regular pencil?
* What do you do to help the student remember next class?
* If they do forget do you lend them the tool they need? I do because I hate seeing a student set there with nothing to do?
* How do you handle this problem with very little time disruptions?
I teach High School on a block schedule so I will see a student every-other day. Which sometimes its hard to remember from class to class who forgot what.
I hope everyone had a great summer.
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