Thursday, February 18, 2010
My classroom pencils have been disappearing lately - I can go through ten or fifteen pencils a day. Students are supposed to use them during class and return them by the end of class, so the next class has pencils to use for their projects.
Then the markers started to disappear - not the water-soluble markers, which are great for coloring but pointless for graffiti - but the highlighter markers we're using for the ketchup contest, because the colors are more true to the blue and yellow we need. Those markers, three of each color, have started disappearing.
So yesterday, I instituted a new policy - I need some collateral from each student before they can borrow a pencil, one of the highlighter markers, or a big eraser. I explained what collateral is, so the students would understand. They had to give me something of value which I would hold and return when they returned the item they borrowed.
I've ended up with piles of bookbags, several school ID cards (required for most classes, the bus, the lunchroom), drumsticks for the steel pan class (each student has their own set), jewelry (which I guard with my life), books, and my personal favorite, shoes. Yes, today I held two pair of shoes as collateral. Is that hysterical????
One student said I'm using collateral as evil. I explained that I'm doing what the bank would do if they got a loan, and they've learned a new word so if they had to borrow money for a car or house, they'd know what the bank was talking about. That seemed to satisfy him, LOL.
All in all, pretty funny. But I got back all my pencils, markers, and erasers!