|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.9||September 2008|
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|High Quality Teaching:|
The Intangible Element
|The cornerstone of quality education in our schools is what happens between teacher and student.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|It Was Something Close to a Miracle|
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|»||Time Flies!Sue Gruber|
|»||"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 2Leah Davies|
|»||Our Back PagesTodd R. Nelson|
|»||Using a Butterfly Analogy to Explain the Hierarchy of Social DevelopmentMarvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman|
|»||The First Day of Hell? and Still No Job! How Do I Stay Positive?Kioni Carter|
|»||The Music, Movement, and Learning Connection|
|»||Notes And Quotes From My Summer Reading|
|»||Chinese Royalty and Cedar Wood, The History of the Pencil|
|»||Teaching and Stress: Symptoms and Cures|
|»||September 2008 Writing Prompts|
|»||Learning About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)|
|»||Donna’s Lesson Plan Files For Music Teachers|
|»||A Teaching Guide for The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel|
|»||Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids|
|»||Ineffective teachers? and Laura Bush's speech on July 28|
|»||School Photographs for September 2008|
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|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers|
|»||Peanut Free School?|
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"I don't have a pencil [again]!" Does anything work?
Pupils perennially without a pencil! Is this is a power struggle between teacher and student? What is the solution? Here's what teachers said…
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September 1, 2008
Posted by snapped
We would watch the kids walk out of the room and drop the pencil on the floor. If you told them they dropped it they would shrug and say, "That's ok. I'll ask so and so for another." Of course I would make them get it or I would get it and put it in my cup, but it is such a drain of time all the handing them out and waiting and sharpening. They figured it was easier to ask than to bend over.
I also have a HUGE concern about what we are teaching kids as far as responsibility. One year I charged kids a dime for each pencil and that worked the best - I thought. It was just enough to make them hold on to it for a little while. But our county doesn't want us charging for pencils anymore.
Posted by Kathy
Posted by joanj
Did they put that in writing? If not I'd pretend I never heard this. If they put it in writing, what did they suggest for the child who does not bring a pencil to class? If they don't want you to charge then they should suggest an alternative that will work in your school.
I guess I am not the principal's favorite teacher because when they issue orders such as "don't charge for pencils" I ask, "What do you suggest we do about the child who continually does not bring a pencil to class?" If they told me that I should supply them than I ask that they put the directive in writing. Somehow some of the outrageous suggestions presented at faculty meetings never appear in writing.
Posted by snapped
Posted by tmp
Posted by anon.
Posted by golf pencils solve the problems!
Posted by molly4th
For the desk: pencil sharpener with case for shavings; procedure taught on when and how to use; one mechanical pencil is given twice a year and procedure is taught on the use and care; consistent follow through on consequences if play time is observed with mechanical pencil. (I walk over there and take it without a word being said).
Floor/classroom cleanup routine taught and done before every dismissal in the afternoon.
Golf pencils, fat primary pencils/crayons given to those who don't have one to do their work they are allowed to ask a neighbor to borrow one but the repeat pencil eaters wear out their welcome very quickly.
These routines work for me.
It seems to me there are folks here who like having a pencil problem and like the power the pencil issue gives them. This is a control issue for way too many people.
Pick up pencils around the school, send out a note to parents asking for pencils. As many as kids lose, there has to be plenty around to be picked up. The teachers who do this seem to manage quite well. Have a contest with the kids for a week to see who can find the most.
In our state it's against the law NOT to supply a pencil in class if a pencil is needed to do the work and my son STILL had a teacher that had a pencil issue. So I sent a few dozen with a note to give them to ANY kid that needed one.
Kids forget pencils, Kids lose pencils, so do adults. Get over it, give the kid a pencil and find something more worthwhile to fixate on.
Posted by Crafty
Posted by flowerchild
It's not a school-wide thing; it is nation-wide, if not common in other countries as well. I see posts from all over the nation about the lack of responsibility in today's young people.
What is the solution?