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Re: Inappropriate use of art supplies--elementary level


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 19:34:16 PST

Even after 8 years I still have this problem. Pencils disappear, glue
bottles get cut, scissors magically appear in student's desks, etc etc etc.
I got really disgusted with the entire situation - it is mainly 6th graders,
with a few 5ths to round things out. I now only pass out supplies that are
needed. If we are drawing with pencils then the only supplies they have in
front of them is paper and pencil. They bring their own pencil from class. I
rarely allow for erasing - we practice drawing an object several times and
they choose their best drawing for their final copy. When we are cutting and
gluing then I pick up supplies from each individual student, one by one. I
look over their glue bottle to make sure the top is cleaned off, lid closed,
no holes poked in bottle. I only have them for 25 minutes twice a week, but
it doesn't take long for them to really hate giving up 10 minutes of art
time to clean up. Stay tough and eventually it pays off! :-)

> I am in need of advice, suggestions or ideas.
> I am in the 2nd year of teaching at a new district, and have found that
> upper elementary level students have great difficulty handling supplies
> appropriately. For the most part I have taken care of most problems with
> little or no fuse; however, I can not seem to get the students to treat
> use my erasers and pencils appropriately. Three times this year I've
> erasers "cut" in half or broke in half, and some just disapear. Pencils
> are broke in half and this is all deliberate. I've caught two students in
> the act and handled that no problem, but the others have slipped past me.
> I've bought replacements twice now! I have taken the use of erasers away
> only to find it extremely difficult in the art room to do so. I've
> monitored the use of the erasers like a hawk. And, yet after a three day
> illness I return to a basket full of broken pencils, cut up erasers and so
> on! My principal just rolls their eyes and shruggs their shoulders and
> looks at me like I'm worried about such a small thing--a few erasers and
> pencils--totally missing the "principle" of the situation. So, all of you
> art people out there what would you do? I'm open to any and all
> suggestions.

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