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RE: Thieves in the classroom

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Fields, Linda (
Thu, 5 Mar 1998 13:13:39 -0500

Daren-you don't say what level you are teaching, but I have the same
problem in high school. Students seem to have no regard for anything
that isn't personally theirs. When I have a substitute I lock up
everything except what is needed for that day's lesson (and those are
usually very basic).My kids delight in breaking and throwing colored
pencils, so now they are using little broken stubs. I have reserved the
good ones for my more mature, upper level students who will treat them
appropriately. I believe if we could charge an art fee or require each
student to purchase the necessary basics, we could eliminate part of the
problem, but in public school these days, I don't believe it will ever
happen.For really serious offenses, I write them up and the parents are
required to pay for damaged materials.(sometimes works, sometimes
I have no easy answers, but I do share your frustration. Hang in
> ----------
> From: Daren Cable[SMTP:darenc]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 1998 8:00 PM
> To:
> Subject: Thieves in the classroom
> I am having some trouble with students who steal or break or damage
> the art
> supplies. I have had two substitutes this year and when I returned,
> the
> room was a terrible mess. Rulers were bent, erasers crumbled, colored
> pencils broken... I feel like taking everything away from the
> students. I
> can't punish specific children because I never know who did it. My
> students are 7th, 8th, and 9th graders who seem to be quite
> irresponsible.
> Does anyone have experience or advice in dealing with this problem?

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