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Re: Thieves in the classroom

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Mike Delaney (edelaney)
Thu, 5 Mar 1998 20:54:48 -0500

What I have resorted to in the classroom supplies is that at the beginning
of thesemester I request for each student to provide a small tupperware
type container or scoolbox or plaztic bag to keep supplies in. I ask that
they bring in an x-acto knife to keep at school in the art room along with
colored pencil, scissors thatr cut material, glue, etc. I refill their
glue bottle when empty, I have a classroom set of colored pencils and that
is what they get to use if they don't bring in the supplies. I sent a note
home after a month if they are not prepared for class. This has helped
tremendously. They take better care of the supplies. I tell them that way
I can buy more glazes. Now with clay and I teach three classes I have
reclaim clay for all to use and then I have premixed clay for them to buy
and they pay through the bookstore. we reclaim their work when broken and
most still want to buy the clay instead of knead up the reclaim. I lay the
clay out on plaster bats and turn it over and then store in a community
trashcan. All they have to do is knead it. It is amazing how many have the
money to buy clay. My daughter is in high school and I did not mind buying
her supplies for school. They do this in the elementary level so why not
in highschool too. we don't have many tools either for clay and thay can
purchase ia tool set in the bookstore. A frien in another town has kits
made up for them to purchase at the bookstore according to the class that
they take. There are very few that can not afford to to this. If they
cannot affor to buy then that is okay also. I will see that they have the
supplies when they need them. Enola from Indiana

> From: Fields, Linda <>
> To: 'Daren Cable' <darenc>
> Cc: '' <>
> Subject: RE: Thieves in the classroom
> Date: Thursday, March 05, 1998 1:13 PM
> 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
> doesn't)
> I have no easy answers, but I do share your frustration. Hang in
> there-Linda
> > ----------
> > 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?
> >