I have an update on yesterday's post. My blue marker (dry erase, Mr. Fischer, not a Sharpie :) ) has been reclaimed.
When my afternoon class came in and before we graded our first activity, I stood in front of everyone and said that I wanted my markers back. I told them that if someone just admitted they had taken it and returned it right away, I wouldn't sign their conduct folders, I wouldn't tell their parents, I wouldn't do anything.
Nobody said a word.
So I went on about the virtues of trustworthiness and honesty and how I was so sad that I would now have to watch them all with an eagle eye since I couldn't trust them.
Still no one broke.
Finally, after another minute or so of fillibustering, and just when I was about to give up, one boy raised his hand and said he took the marker. I asked him why, and he said, "Because I liked that marker."
So I got my blue marker back. Still don't know what happened to the black one from a few weeks ago though.
This week's Mr. Teacher column on education.com is titled "Those Pesky, Irritating, Obtrusive Adjectives." I kind of think the title speaks for itself.
Lastly, here's a link to a Yahoo story I just saw that is very uplifting.