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Lesson Plans


stolen & vandalized art supplies

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Pamela W. Lackey (pwl_smsd.pa.us)
Thu, 05 Mar 1998 16:35:31 -0500


I teach 7-12 grade art and this is an ongoing problem. Keep all
supplies locked up, always. Do not allow students to "borrow" anything
without signing it out. When the item is signed back in, if your
initials aren't beside the date returned, then the item was never
verified as being returned. But my best and most workable idea is to
use the plastic boxes with lids, and supply them with only what is
needed for that class. Group by tables. Count everything and, here's
the key: number everything, even pencils and erasers. Students are
assigned seats and a number which corresponds to the number on the
item. If it goes missing you know who is responsible. Even if an
eraser gets thrown accross the room, you have their number! I know it
sounds aweful, to assign art students a number, but you wouldn't
believe how few things I lose now! It is amazing. No more torn-to
pieces erasers, no more broken colored pencils, no more missing tools.
And, if something does get "lost", they must pay the list price. If
they don't pay for it by report card time, their card is held. Good
luck.

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