Would you turn it in to the police… or keep it?
These are some of the same scenarios that our students face today EVERY day in our classroom.
They sometimes don't know the difference between "sharing" and "taking for one's own (otherwise known as stealing)."
We certainly can't jump to any conclusions after 1 or 2 times if it happens in your room, but you certainly have a problem on your hands if it happens multiple times in a day.
If this ever happens to you, (and it has to me), you need to take care of it immediately.
Not next week.
Not next month.
It's a habit, and a habit that could turn into a serious problem for the student, AND for your classroom environment.
So, here's what you do:
If you have a money system in place, you can't really do this "test" until they know what the value of the money is (paying for rent, buying things at the class store, etc.).
If you feel that there's a problem with student(s) taking things (and EVERY year I've had at least one)… then just "accidentally drop" some money around the room while the students are working. This process lets you know exactly what's going on in the class.
Sit back and watch (not directly at them) to see what happens next.
In tomorrow's blog, I'll go over some of the scenarios that have happened to me in our classroom over the years (they are eerily similar), and how I've combated this habitual problem.
Don't blink, because you might miss it!