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Re:[teacherartexchange] theft in the art room - x-acto knives and other special items


From: Melissa Enderle (melissa_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Oct 15 2006 - 09:39:56 PDT

For items such as X-acto knives, you could create a special holder
(out of wood or another material) with a spot made for each knife.
That way you could see if any were missing. If you really had
problems with theft, you could number the knives and have a
designated numbered spot in the holder. Each kid is assigned a
particular number. That way you could see exactly whose is missing.
I did the same with special sets of markers - such as Overwriters.
Gosh I miss those :) A hole was drilled for each marker, with the cap
hot-glued into the hole. Never lost any. It's also a good way to
store the markers, as the ink is towards the tip.


On Oct 15, 2006, at 6:22 PM, M. Austin wrote:

> I have a rule for my X-acto knives at the high school and tubs at
> the elementary. After a quick check at the beginning of class to
> ensure that all supplies are there, NOBODY leaves until all
> supplies are in their proper place at the end of class. One year I
> had a middle school class that "couldn't find" a missing X-acto
> knife. I kept them 20 minutes past the bell, and it magically
> "appeared" in the magazine cabinet. That one time has become legend
> and I have never had a problem with the X-acto knives again.
> ~Michal
>> Last week I went to an assistant principal to ask what
>> the policy was on whether or not I could have a kid I
>> suspected of stealing my scissors empty out his
>> backpack (our school has no lockers so kids have to
>> take all their stuff with them to every class) and
>> she said that she thought that this was a "classroom
>> management problem" and that I really needed to "lay
>> down the law" - like it's my fault that they're
>> stealing things - ugh!
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