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Re: [teacherartexchange] need advice on a problem


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 13 2005 - 16:08:53 PST

If at all possible, you should not allow one dumb prank
to mess it up for everyone else. That would be nothing
but a reward for the culprit. Of course that's my opinion.
Talk with your administrator about whatever you decide.
They should be apprised no matter what you do. Even if
they don't agree they will appreciate being kept in the
loop. It's a standard rule to keep the mess and the tools
inside the classroom. We can try to do that, best we can,
but reality creeps in no matter what we do. We have had
principals lock down all bathrooms due to the mischief
of one students. Hopefully that concept of "they" can't
be trusted and so all of "them" must suffer will not
prevail. Good luck in walking the tightrope with your
Being retired, I only remember the good stuff.

Betty B wrote:
> 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
> him.
> every student I spoke with denied knowing who had the
> paint.
> 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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