This was a real problem for me and I teach high school. One girl
never brought a sketchbook all year, last year.
This might be too late for you to do this year, but instead of asking
them to buy their own supplies, I charged a fee on the book list and
I orderthe sketchbooks, pencils, etc. Every student will get their
own kit, plus I will have some extra supplies in the classroom. Kits
are tailored to our curriculum, eg. in grade 11 we do watercolors, so
everyone has their own watercolor pad.
The other thing I do is collect all the pencils, erasers, pens, etc.
that the kids leave on the desks (and floors) and put them in a shoe
box. The students know that the box is where they can go if they've
forgotten supplies (or reclaim their own, if they recognize them) so
that they aren't constantly asking for materials.
There are so many reasons that students don't show up with supplies.
A few are poor and can't afford much, others are ADD, and are coping
with many issues including organization. Other students are boarding
with teachers, away from home and don't have parents to help them
pick up supplies. Some come from difficult family situations and it's
a wonder when they make it to class. I've learned to accept that some
students will NOT have supplies and to just have strategies to deal with it.
One of the good ways that we have organized the art room (there are
two of us) is to not try to keep pencil crayons (for example) in
their boxes, but to divide up colors into yogurt containers or coffee
cans, enough for each table. That way, whenever students leave
materials they can just be thrown into a can. At the end of the year,
many students who have purchased their own supplies, don't want to
keep whatever is left, so that also becomes part of our supplies. We
also do this with oil pastels.
At 12:59 PM 25/08/2006, you wrote:
> Hi everyone, I have enjoyed reading posts for the last several months but
>have not been successful posting until now. I am trying from Outlook, so I
>hope that will fix the problem. Here is my question. I am fortunate to teach
>at a school with a very healthy art budget so I try to keep the supply list
>short for the students to buy. I am surprised how many kids last year failed
>to bring the basic pencil and eraser to class. Does anyone have a good
>method for checking sup plies throughout the year? What do you do when
>someone shows up without their supplies? I feel showing up to art class
>without a pencil and eraser is equivalent to showing up to another class
>without your textbook. What supplies do you require your students to have
>and how often do you check? Do you allow them to borrow from other students?
>Thanks for your input.
>Starting school- Students started here August 17. Last day with kids is June
>Chantal - Seoul, South Korea