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Re: Middle School discipline problems

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Mar 06 2003 - 20:00:17 PST


Breaking pencils, eh? GIve them a big math problem to do...such as
figuring how many pencils you ordered, counting the existing pencils,
figuring out how many pencils you have lost, what the cost per pencil
is, what the total cost of lost pencils is, etc. Let them look up
pencils in various art catalogues, tell you where you can get the best
buy for comparative brands of pencils, who has the most expensive ones,
and so on. Then let them wash and dry the remaining pencils so that
they are in the best possible condition for those who still really
appreciate and need pencils. Let them take a 15 minute break to draw
their self portraits. Have them sharpen them, sort them by color,
whatever. I once did something like this when I had a child taking
erasers from my classroom. I kept asking all of my groups if they had
any idea what was happening to all of the erasers....you won't believe
this....one kid came forward to tell me that a boy in his carpool was
rolling down the window in the backseat and pegging them at passing
motorists, all unbeknownst to the mother who was driving carpool.
SHEESH! I loved the logical consequence of eraser math, eraser
cleansing, eraser pricing research, lining all fo them up like little
soldiers, etc. SO ridiculous, but it sure did take a long time after
school one day for him to accomplish this task. Bet he never does it
again.

Linda

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