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<<I have been experiencing a problem for sometime now. Materials, like
pencils, erasers, paper, scissors and clay manage to disappear on a regular
I had the frustrating problem (with high school kids) of having my $$ pencils
disappear, or I'd find them broken, thrown around the room, etc. One
solution, at least with the pencils, is I went out (after mine were all gone)
and brought some with my own money. I then sold them to kids - nice Berol
drawing pencils - at cost, and told them that we ran out, so I purchased
these and will sell them. And they bought them! And took care of them!
Were even possessive of them! It worked out nicely, and I purchased some
nice Stadtler-Mars vinyl erasers, too.
The other thing I do, is I take collateral for other non-drawing pencils that
I find in the hallways, etc. I take an ID card, or a hat or something. That
For my sharpies (fine-point markers) I put a post-it note on the box, and
jot kids names on the box as I pass them out. Kids now even do it themselves
if I leave the box out. I still get the occasional theft, but it has cut
down a great deal.