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Posted on October 14, 2016 7:52 pm
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Husava
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Missing things.
Little by little books, crayons, marker boxes and stickers sets etc have been going missing in the classroom. How would I go about confronting the students about it and finding the corporate who is taking the objects home.
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 15, 2016 8:36 pm

Maritza
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The best way to address this situation would be to have a class discussion about honesty. The teacher can start by asking student what honesty means. After that she can play a video about a young person doing things that are honest and dishonest. There is a video online called Honesty is True, this video is appropriate for children. In addition, the teacher can explain to children that if you ever do anything dishonest the best way to fix it is by telling the truth to an adult or a teacher.
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uWuXyj
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I think this is a great solution because it not only teaches a valuable lesson to the students, but it makes the guilty student feel comfortable with coming forward and know that they are not going to be as much trouble as they would be if the teacher found out on their own.
  Posted on: February 26, 2017 12:04 am

Kathy Allen
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I think this is a good idea and teaches the students a valuable lesson.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 8:04 pm

WeDyje
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I think the video is a great idea
  Posted on: July 6, 2018 11:26 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 26, 2017 5:50 pm

Melissa Dison
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Hi Husava,

I would definitely use this as a teaching moment to explain the importance of honesty to the students. Talk about stealing and the effect this has on others. Talk about classroom rules and societal rules that go against stealing. Let students know that if they are ever struggling with a situation that they know is not ethical, they can talk to their parents, their teacher, or another adult. Let students know that stealing is something that is not tolerated in the classroom or in society and that just because others may steal doesn't mean they should. Also, remind the students that if they are in need of supplies or anything that helps them succeed at school there are social workers and school counselors who have connections to resources for students. Make sure students know that the school is their to support them in their education by any means possible. Tell them they can talk to you privately and you can help make sure they have the things they need.

Melissa
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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2017 6:35 am

Lynn Krivoruchka
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Talking about honesty in the classroom is the biggest thing in the classroom. Making sure that students are not lying about stealing items from the room. Also, if you have your students in groups, you can have containers in the middle of the groups, with certain amount of materials in each, so at the end of each day when you look in the containers you can see if anything is missing and you can pinpoint which group of students are stealing materials in the classroom.
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Solution 4
Posted July 10, 2017 7:57 pm

uReZyW
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If you create a lesson about honesty and respect can be really helpful for this kind of situation. It will create awareness and even others kids will recognize the inappropriate behavior of others and they will tell you right away when they see someone taking something that belongs to the classroom.
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Solution 5
Posted February 21, 2018 6:17 pm

uJyGep
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I would mark which items are yours with a permanent marker, and maybe audit how many you have so that you can keep count and know when you are missing items. Also, if you put items in organized areas this may make it harder for these items to go missing or potentially being misplaced.
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Solution 6
Posted February 24, 2017 4:29 pm

nick morse
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Find a video and possible lesson abo0ut honesty. Tell your students how important it is to be as honest at all times. If the doesn't work, send home emails asking the parents to check the child's bags.
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uWuXyj
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I like this solution because it gives the student the opportunity to tell the truth first and then if not the student will face the consequences. Emailing the parents is a very professional way of handling this situation.
  Posted on: February 26, 2017 12:13 am

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Solution 7
Posted October 7, 2018 10:57 pm

daneRy
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Does your school have a resource officer? I once had this problem with a few of my students and invited the school officer in the classroom to give a talk about honesty and the consequences of stealing. After that, my CT and I had no problems!
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Solution 8
Posted March 3, 2018 4:16 pm

Chelsea Navarro
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I would have a class discussion and explain to the class that these are things that you are unable to replace and you really need them back. I would explain to the students that if they know for a FACT who took the items, or if they took anything themselves then they can come speak with you in private and no punishment will be had. But, until then you cant provide them with these materials until you receive yours back.
My CT had the school resource officer come into the classroom and discuss stealing and the consequences of stealing with students. She has also had him come in to discuss fighting and other numerous deviant behaviors. It seems to put kids in their place and make them come to their senses.

You could also send home a newsletter to all parents explaining what you have noticed and how you would appreciate their support in the matter. Explain that these materials are valued and do not come from the school money, but rather money from your own pocket in which you can't afford anymore.
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Solution 9
Posted February 26, 2018 4:23 am

TaTaBy
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I think something you could do is having students have to sign out all materials in the classroom. If they need to use a pencil they must sign it out, or if they want to use a book that they must sign it out. You could also make students stay in certain areas while using your materials. Lastly, I would try to make your materials big, obnoxious, and something students would not want to carry around. This way you would be able to see it and they would not want to take it out of the classroom.
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Solution 10
Posted November 28, 2018 9:57 pm

uhuQyM
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I would have a serious talk with the students and tell them about why we need supplies. You also can talk about how taking stuff without permissions is not good and how it can effect people. I think the talk if done correctly will help stop things from going missing.
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