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Re: Inappropriate use of art supplies--elementary level


Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 05:08:52 PST

#1...I do not give out erasers....PERIOD! End of story! There...that solves your eraser problem. I could go into the reason behind this...but just don't give them out.

#2. Give out pencils individually and count them at the end of class. Take the time to make each student come up and give you his/her pencil. If pencil is broken, have the student use recess time to write a letter to the parent explaining how he/she broke art materials in class and is expected to replace the pencil. When you get a phone call from the parent explain how it would be if all 300 of your students (or however many you have) each broke a pencil every week. Also explain that you must replace this out of your own pocket as there is no money left in the budget for replacing materials if they are unexpected broken.

#3. Hand out crayons. Those student who break a pencil get a crayon to replace it. Humiliating to be sure...but I bet it won't happen more than once...

Last but not least....

STICK TO YOUR GUNS with the kids...if they know you will follow through you will have better luck!

Good Luck!