Today I discovered the latest in an ongoing series of minor thefts from my classroom: the toy cars I'd bought last year for the 8th graders to use in our physics unit. So far this year, I've "lost"
- Basher Science: Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Read
- FOR BIG MISTAKES ERASER
- a set of 4 fine-tipped dry erase markers... one at a time... from my desk
- a lovely brain coral specimen that was given to me by a student
- a gallon-size ziploc bag of more than two dozen Sharpies and other permanent markers
- 18 Matchbox cars
The bag of Sharpies was in one of my desk drawers, all the way in the back, behind a divider. The Matchbox cars were in a plastic lunchbox from Disneyland, in a closed cabinet by my desk.
Somehow, I made it through the school year last year without losing these things (well, not the dry erase markers).
Every time this happens, I get upset. It's not the money. I have these things so that my students can use them, and so they are just stealing from themselves. It makes me very sad.
I need to figure out how to let this kind of thing go, but I'm not there yet.