Lack of Supplies

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Lack of Supplies
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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 8:19pm
Okay...so, at the beginning of the year we give kids and parents a supply list and now on a daily basis I try to begin and a good five kids have no paper or pencil. And you know it's not that they don't have the money for it or they just happened to run out that day, but it's not "cool" to carry around their school supplies. I used to supply the stuff in exchange for something, but it gets ridiculous. It's not fair for the kids who are prepared for the day. Then those kids get bullied by the ones who don't bring it in. It's crazy...and I'm ripping my hair out because I don't want the kid to not have supplies because obviously if he doesn't have it, then he's going to become a behavior problem. I am at my wits end over this topic. Our school supplies some things, but I think these kinds of things should be the students responsibility. It's like they have this expectation that everything should be handed to them. Any advice would be appreciated!

D

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Registered: 04-06-2003
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 9:06pm
If it's a habit for a certain student to not be bringing his stuff, even though he is responsible to have it, I would call his parents or send a note home or email or whatever. Expalin the situation. I bet they have no idea.
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Tue, 04-15-2003 - 8:09pm
Feel lucky you're allowed to ask for anything from students-- we are not even allowed to ask for a dollar for field trip admission! or an old shoebox for that matter! An idea is to give "tickets" for students who don't come prepared- parents sign and return, for every 3 or so grades, in effort or whatever you have for this area, are lowered. My son's afterschool program has them and they are pretty simple -- it has a list of things expected to be brought to school: pencil, paper, homework, crayons, and the teachers just circle what is missing.

good luck,

Mary
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Sat, 04-19-2003 - 11:34pm
I have kids in my class who do the same thing. My favorite is "someone stole my pencil." Well, if that's the truth, someone has a massive stockpile of pencils in their desk! They've taken supplies from me (pencils, markers, crayons, etc.) and boy, do I make a big deal out of that. I can play that card with 9 year olds, though. They like to tattle, and if they see someone sneaking a red marker cause they lost theirs, I know about it! I also think I have lots of kids who borrow paper from others simply because they are too lazy to get their own out of their desk. I don't say a thing about it. It's just one more thing I would have to concern myself with that I don't have time for!

As for how to get your kids to bring them, I say make a concequence for not having them and stick to it. Make it fair, but related to the offense. For example, if Johnny doesn't have his pencil, and it takes him five minutes to locate one, that's how long he spends at recess or after school or between classes or whatever you can take away.

You could also just make a blanket punishment. I'd first send home a note that must be signed by a parent stating what they need. Still don't have any paper? Go call your mom RIGHT NOW (even if it's at work) and tell her you need some. I'm guessing you don't have students who can drive yet to get it themselves. One call at work and I'm sure mom will make sure he has what he needs.

The goal is to make them responsible for it in some way. If they aren't responsible, there has to be a punishment.

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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 11:55am
Our elem. school has gone to communal (sp?) supplies and I'm the Mom who always seems to be sending them in when the requests come home. More pencils, kleenex, etc. I guess, compared to your problem, this is the way to go. It can cause disturbances. At the beginning of the year, supply lists are sent out and everyone brings their things, which are then collected by the teacher. She then, places certain amounts at each table group. (did away with desks, too. My 5th grader hates it.) Usually, there are about 2 requests during the year to restock. So sad that the kids that could learn a lesson don't get to learn it because of those who WON'T learn.
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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 7:21pm
Okay...would you believe this happened with my own son in third grade. I sent him last week with a notebook full - 200 sheets of paper and he brought it back this week EMPTY. I asked him what happened and he told me kids in his class had no paper and kept asking him for it and he didn't want to say no...UGH! Exactly what had been happening in my own class. In his situation, I'm going to just buy his teacher tons of paper, so he doesn't have to feel the pressure of lending it out. I feel like I'm taking care of other people's kids in his own class!

Anyway, with my own students - low and behold I made them write this letter to themselves as a reminder. We had a big test and I made them write a note to themselves that no lined paper or pen/pencil for the test - NO GRADE and that I would hand it right back to them. AMAZINGLY everyone was prepared. I was blown away. I did feel guilty about even mentioning it that way, but it got the job done. I considered sending a note home to parents, but then it would just be LIKE me with my own son - parents who care would send additional supplies, but those who wouldn't for whatever reason would not.

We have only about four weeks left and I think I'll just deal with it. I just remember in school if I wrote in anything other than pencil or BLACK OR BLUE pen it wasn't acceptable. These days I get every color and magic marker! UGH!

D

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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 10:43pm
I have to jump on the supply bandwagon now. Tomorrow, we have state testing. We did this in February for the 7th grade only. Only ONE kid brought a snack for the day, since we are in the room for the majority of the time.

On a regular basis, most forget pencils, pens, basic supplies. They lose 10 points off their grade when they don't have supplies, and it's fun to watch them scramble. I used to lend out pencils, but they were usually broken and left on the floor. No point in wasting my money... no more pencils.

The other kids just complained that they were hungry. Then, when the sack lunches arrived, it was "We don't like this." I try to tune it out.

Fast forward to the present. I have made "TAKS Survival Kits" for each and every kid in my homeroom -- 23 bags with Ritz Bits crackers, 2 pencils, a pack of tissues, some hard candy and a good luck card that I made.

Some of the little ingrates will complain... and I will just bite my tongue, because I would like to work one more day this year.

I had a pack of paper in my room. I was out for a day for a doctor's appt. When I returned, the paper -- ALL OF IT -- was gone.

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 5:29pm
Totally sympathize....how nice of you to go to such trouble for "snacks". It's like sometimes you make the effort and it's not appreciated. Kids nowadays don't even know their manners - please and thank you. I won't answer a kid unless they say please and thank you (but that's a whole other issue all together!).

I found a solution. I told them with cell phone in hand that I would call their parents and tell them that their kid came to class unprepared for learning. The threat of that frightened them...well, for the time being. I'm sure that will fade off soon. Only so long you can play that card so often. I made them write a note to themselves last week before an exam and let them know if they did not have LINED notebook paper and a pen or pencil to do this test - it would not be accepted. It was amazing - everyone was prepared that day! Just amazing!!

School ends for us May 21st! Hurray!

D