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Pencil dipped in paint and shoved in my new electric sharpener. There are acts of destruction daily in my classroom. Most of my classes are 25 kids in a small room. When my attention is taken for a second, someone does something like this. Gluing things to counters. Hiding paintbrushes instead of cleaning them. 15 years, I've tried everything to cultivate a respectful classroom culture, and they just don't care. I'm so tired. So, so tired. I don't know how much longer I can do this.

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So sorry. At elementary school they immediately tattle on each other.

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This 8th grade is kind of like a 4th grade 🤣 they love to tattle, but sadly not regarding destruction!

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Have you tried monitor positions? Won't help everywhere, but I find making a student responsible for keeping their peers on track and filling in for their short comings at least saves most paintbrushes. Another solution is to take away supplies for just the indevidual mistreating supplies. This may work better with younger students, but have issued middle schoolers a reading writing assignment when I couldn't trust them with clay. Third idea make them work towards earning something as a class. For example a ceramic project, and withhold the privilege if they don't shape up. (Music is also a good shorter term motivator) Chances are you've already tried a lot of this, and it's really unfortunate that your students are showing such disrespect for you supplies. My personal pet peeve is when they trash the watercolor palettes.

I've done "awesome charts" in the past and may implement them again; they earn enough stars, they get donuts or something. I like this when i can't tell who's the offender (they're so sneaky...) I think I'll try them again! I do use monitor positions and I like them... but guess who forgot to put the daily monitors on the board today 😆 and that's probably why. The pandemic shook my routine up horribly and I wasn't able to do incentives. so I gotta bring some of that stuff back. While it didn't eliminate all the bad behavior it did help. Thanks for reminding me of the stuff I did do in the past - I will implement that again!

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