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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
Los Cerros Middle School
Danville, California 94526