Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Know Your Population

Tuesdays we have a poetry class during ELA, ran by a poetry intern that has been working at my school for nine years.

Today, she left her bag out in plain sight and her wallet “full of credit cards and 200 dollars” was stolen either in my class or the classroom of another teacher.

The poetry teacher frantically passed me in the hallway panicking in a freaked out way (frankly, I freak out pretty bad anytime I think there’s a chance I may have lost something valuable) and hastily panted to me:

“Ms. C, no one in your class would have taken my wallet, would they?”

“Ms. Poetry Teacher, ANY of my students would have gladly taken your wallet,” I replied.

I truly felt bad for Ms. Poetry Teacher; I had my pocket picked in Union Square when I was very new to the city, and the memory still stings when I think about how bad it sucked to call and cancel half a dozen credit cards.

However, this woman worked with emotional disturbed students for twice as many years as I have worked months; I love my kids but I would never tempt my students by leaving personal belongings of value within plain sight.

Don’t be naieve, know your population.

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Blogger beth said...

THAT explains the memo we all got today from the DoE about securing our belongings when we arrive. Yikes!!

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Anonymous Laura said...

Man, one of the school's digital camera's got stolen out from under my nose. That one still stings, too. Now I make use of that lock on my file cabinet.

It just galls me that I have to do that with kids that I work with and sweat with and practically cry with every day.

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My kids have stolen a cell phone from me, broken another, broke an old alarm clock/radio which I bought from K-mart before my freshman year at college which also survived a 3,000 mile cross country move, and I think someone stole my first digital camera from me back in October of last year, but I can't prove it. I never carry more than $5 and two cards on me, and when I do bring my purse into the classroom, I guard it vigilantly.

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