I have had a big issue with this - and just last week MY digital camera grew
feet and walked away... (While I had a sub). For the little things, I have a
fun solution, that is I spray paint all my table supplies PURPLE.
Also when the kid ask why all my stuff is purple I tell them so that when I
find it in their desk I'll know it is mine.
I have also asked for and received a lock on my door that is not one of the
masters door locks - I do have a lot of my own supplies in there, so I was
able to make that argument. This was the 2nd digital camera to walk away,
the first one belonged to the school - the second one was mine - I will not
leave my new one there anymore, it is really pretty sad.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 6:33 AM
Subject: Re: theft in the art room
>I see that as being really difficult. I have caught students sticking
>things in their pockets on occasion. It usually happens when we are working
>with Model Magic. They save pieces to take home. I try the direct approach
>by saying "Are you planning on taking my stuff home?" Usually if they have
>something they will sheepishly give it back. But you kind of have to know
>who's the culprit to take that approach. Perhaps instead of scissors for
>every student for example give one or two per table and they have to share
>them. Then before they leave the room all supplies go to the center of the
>table so you can see if each table has their allotment and nothing is
>missing. If they get less to work with then maybe they will stop?? Not sure
>but it's a thought.
> Good luck.
> I dont' seem to be having my responses posting to the list serve for some
> reason so not sure if this will get through? If someone reads this can you
> acknoledge it? I think my post should also come back to my e-mail address
> but that is not happening.
>>From: chris massingill <email@example.com>
>>Date: 2006/10/14 Sat AM 06:49:17 CDT
>>To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
>>Subject: [teacherartexchange] theft in the art room
>>While we're on the topic of supplies, I am having a
>>lot of theft in my room lately and I'm having trouble
>>stopping it and I thought you might have some
>>suggestions. Last year I taught at extremely poor
>>schools no one ever stole anything - this year I'm at
>>a school where most of the students come from middle
>>class homes and things are disappearing from my room
>>like crazy - nothing really valuable, just little
>>things - scissors, pencils, the magnets off my
>>whiteboard, - yesterday we made some flour and salt
>>papier mache paste and someone in my first period
>>stole some salt!! When I spoke to my students about
>>the problem they told me that one of my students has
>>been selling little yarn balls in his study hall!
>>I started off the year with little plastic caddies on
>>each table with crayons, 4 pairs of scissors, pencils
>>and a hand held pencil sharpener - about half the
>>scissors are gone now as well as the pencil sharpeners
>>- I've tried assigning table captains, I've tried
>>ending class early and counting things up - which has
>>been more effective but seems like a monumental waste
>>of time - in order to do so I have to have clean up
>>time 10 minutes before the bell instead of 5 so that's
>>a quarter of a 40 minutes class we're spending with me
>>counting scissors and tape, etc.
>>Surely, there is a better way to go about this -
>>Chris in Central Arkansas
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