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bullet proof sharpeners

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JAMES MULLEN (J-C-Mullen)
Thu, 6 Mar 1997 20:55:27 -0500

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Sounds like you are in a power struggle with some wize-guys. Don't give
your kids exacto knives, they will vanish faster than erasers, and you have
armed kids with weapons...Good hand held sharpeners ($5) take less time to
sharpen than getting up, walking over to the electric sharpner, etc. If
your sharpeners are truely broken I suspect sabbotage, intentionally
jamming an eraser into the sharpener will make it "dull" for a while until
the blades finally wear out the eraser and it starts working again.
Something harder actually breaks it. When this happens I tell that class
that they have lost the privledge of using it and must use the hand held
ones. They HATE that and when I bring the sharpener out again (a couple of
weeks later), most of the kids are on the alert for anyone who might want
to mess with it. I would also suggest that you try the sharpener at the
end of each class, let them know that you will be doing this ahead of time.
When it breaks hold that class accountable. You have to take control away
from the wize-guys. Count everything, hold the class back for missing
scissors and erasers, check the sharpeners, and after a while the situation
should improve. We have all been there, its tough to be tough about
supplies, but it works...,No more Mrs Nice Guy, Chris Mullen

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