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Re: [teacherartexchange] need advice on a problem


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 13 2005 - 16:42:22 PST

I would tell the students that while I know they all weren't responsible for
the behavior, they are supporting the culprit by remaining silent. I would
tell them who all was affected: the custodian, who had to clean the
bathrooms AND the carpet, and me, because the paint came from my room and it
makes me look bad that it happened with my supplies. I would then give them
a choice: 3 people must tell me who was responsible (they can do it
privately) or we will not paint again. By having 3 people report the
incident to me it keeps one student from being labeled a tattle-tale. I have
never had students NOT tell me after that. They know the culprit will sit at
a table by themselves for the next 2-3 projects. Deal with it tough - set an
example so your reputation will carry you through for years to come. I
believe in tough but fair, cause I hate group punishments too.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> 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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