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RE: [teacherartexchange] need advice on a problem


From: Judi Morgan (judi.morgan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 13 2005 - 15:53:26 PST

Oh, I've got some students like that! Break and change can't come soon
enough! I think that I would tell the class that you are aware of what
happened and that many teachers/administration requested that the
project be discontinued...however, you that would make you really
disappointed (and you are sure they would be too) so you want to give
them the chance to complete it...and so...they have one more chance. If
ANYONE misuses the materials it will be the end for ALL of them. Kids
are really pretty good about monitoring their peers when they don't want
to lose something...and then keep an eagle eye the suspect.

Judi Morgan
Saint George's School
2929 W. Waikiki Road
Spokane, WA 99208

-----Original Message-----
From: Betty B []
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 3:42 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] need advice on a problem

We have been working on a painting/color mixing
project. Today in 5th hour, after I saw that everbody
had cleaned up, and they left the classroom,
apparently somebody had a scrap of paper towel filled
with brown paint hidden in their hand (we didn't use
brown so at least they mixed their own!) It dribbled
down the hall all the way to the boys bathroom where
they spread it on the wall. It was discovered almost
immediately by a teacher, who also found the towel,
still early in the break, but no "witnesses". I'm
pretty much beyond sure who it would have been, but
have no proof. That's not as important - since he is
in continual trouble and was taken home the next hour
for other issues - punishment would mean nothing to

every student I spoke with denied knowing who had the

So - do we finish these projects or do I put them away
and start something safer? I think it would not be
fair to the quiet peacful kids who have endured some
really awful students in that class all semester, but
my administrator kind of expects me to not let them
paint any more. (They jumped all over me for this as
it is - then I realized they were assuming I let the
boys go to the bathroom to clean up instead of using
the sinks in my room, good grief.)

Any advice on handling this? we have five more days
then I get all new kids after the break.

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