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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Pam Wellington Lackey
Mon, 21 Dec 1998 09:06:10 EST
Many of the suggestions have been good ones, but I have gone through
this for 5 years now and we have an infallable system that works: issue
supplies. On the first day of class, I issue a pencil, eraser and
ruler to each student. For painting classes I issue a set of 3 brushes,
a palette, and a palette knife. We will have textbooks next year and
these will be issued to students just like they do in their acedemic
classes. That way the student must pay for any item that is lost,
stolen, or damaged in any way, including graffiti. Blaming others is a
"so what". "You are still responsible for these items, even if "someone
else" stole it, broke it, or drew on it. I offer to keep and lock up
their supplies for them if they need that, and some take me up on it.
This IS NOT MORE EXPENSIVE, TRUST ME! In one year we have saved a
fortune in lost, stolen or broken materials and books! IF a student
refuses to pay, an "obligation" is sent to the office and they will not
get their report card. Mom and dad also get notified. It has actually
created a more peaceful atmosphere in the classroom and instills
responsibility. Good luck all you high school troupers.
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