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Posted on October 6, 2014 2:00 am
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Aslihan Unal
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Stolen pencil case
After socially integrating her diverse class, Carol sees her efforts threatened when a studentís pencil case disappears and is thought to have been stolen.
What would you do to fix the situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 17, 2014 11:25 pm

qeneWa
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Students must understand that taking other student's possessions will not be tolerated. I would ask the class if anyone accidentally took another students pencil case to please return it. We all make mistakes. However, if it is not returned then the administration would have to come in and conduct the search and find the student who took something that was not theirs to take.
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uJabaz
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I think this is a good solution. If you give the student a chance to give the pencil case back, even anonymously, and they still do not return it, then the students could be searched.
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 1:01 am

Rachel Antis
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The ability for the student to realize their mistake and learn from it is a wonderful way to handle this situation. Getting mad or upset at the students will not help but speaking calmly and asking nicely for the student to return the pencil case will prevent them from panicking and allow them to own up to their actions.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 11:17 pm

eZuGeQ
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I agree that it is very important that taking other students belongings will not be tolerated.
  Posted on: October 14, 2015 8:19 pm

WeDyje
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I agree and think this is a fabulous solution. A great lesson to teach
  Posted on: July 6, 2018 11:28 pm

sadaze
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This is a good solution, but you'd need to make sure the student did not just misplace the pencil case.
  Posted on: October 10, 2018 11:10 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 19, 2014 7:55 pm

myNepu
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I find that students often misplace their belongings and they may think they brought it to class, but accidentally left it in their locker. I would first make sure the student had it with them before any accusations are made. If they are unsure, I would send that student to their locker and their previous classrooms to ensure they didn't leave it there. If they still cannot find it, I would have the students check their belongings to make sure they didn't accidentally pick it up thinking it was theirs. If it is still nowhere to be found, students will be searched and a lecture will be given explaining how habitual theft starts with small things and escalates into larger things. If it is still not located, I would supply the student with new pencils and a new pencil case.
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Solution 3
Posted February 17, 2015 1:15 am

aGuvuL
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It is always important to establish and enforce classroom rules and consequences for breaking the rules. Show the students that stealing is against the rules, and model the correct behavior of what you expect from your students.
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Solution 4
Posted March 2, 2015 4:25 am

vaguPe
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This is a time where the teacher addresses the consequences and principles of another person's property being taken. This will give an insight of what's right and wrong, and hopefully prevent further occurrences.
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eZuGeQ
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I personally would try to solve it within the classroom first before going to administration. If I can not solve the issue on my own, then that is when I would get the principle involved.
  Posted on: October 14, 2015 8:21 pm

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Solution 5
Posted October 10, 2016 12:18 am

PeQyGa
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Giving students the opportunity to return the pencil case is important. Let them know that it was wrong to take it in the first place and they can return it to you privately if that would be better. If this still does not work then school policy will need to be enforced. But it is important to make sure that certain student did not just misplace the pencil case.
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Solution 6
Posted October 2, 2015 4:20 pm

neraXe
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When the students are not in the room I would look in desks to see if anyone did indeed steal the pencil case. If i find it in a students' desk I would then have a talk with that student about whose property the pencil case is. If it is not theirs why did they have it in their desk?
After talking to that student and dealing with that situation I would have a class meeting to discuss the importance of personal belongings. You do not want to make any one student feel singled out or upset however, stealing is an issue that should be addressed at some point in the classroom. Stealing other student's property is a form of bullying and not in line with class rules. Allow student to act out and discuss different situations where they show respect for a classmate.
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Solution 7
Posted March 4, 2017 2:30 am

Shelby Farrell
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Offer the students the easy way out first, (anonymously) place the pencil case on the teachers desk or you will take bigger consequences.
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Solution 8
Posted October 8, 2017 4:36 pm

eguByp
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Show the students that stealing is against the rules, and model the correct behavior of what you expect from your students.
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Solution 9
Posted February 22, 2015 3:29 am

ZyhyJu
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I would give a reward for the recovery of the pencil case. No questions asked, just a recovery.
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eQyVuj
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Yes I agree with the individual above me. Allow the student who made the mistake to return the item unknown, there for the student will re-think his/ her actions next time.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 3:38 am

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Solution 10
Posted October 7, 2017 2:20 pm

napyze
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It seems like this is a good opportunity to have a class discussion about stealing. Let the whole class know that if they are in need of supplies come to the teacher first, and the teacher will try to obtain supplies for the student. Stealing should never be a solution. I would also let the class know that if the pencil box is on the teachers desk by the end of the day no questions will be asked and no one will get in trouble.
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Solution 11
Posted March 2, 2016 3:44 pm

uhyJas
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Explain to the students stealing is not tolerated, and that whoever took it needs to return it by the end of the day or there will be consequences for the whole class. If the person who took it returns it before class ends there will be no punishment for him/her. I would explain to my student all about stealing and how it is not right at all.
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eguByp
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i don't agree with this solution
  Posted on: October 8, 2017 4:36 pm

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