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This is how I would deal with a kid losing his dice:
Kid’s dice fly across the room.
Kid Whisperer: Oh, man. (Kid Whisperer walks over, picks up dice and puts them in his pocket.)
Kid: Hey! HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO PLAY THE GAME NOW?
Kid Whisperer (without looking up from the game he is playing with students): I don't know.
That’s it. These students will have to do one of the other learning activities available to them. Both of these kids - and everyone else, for that matter — will be more careful about how they handle class materials in the future.
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For anyone out there who thinks this is too harsh, I absolutely don’t care what you think. All that matters is what behaviors Renee needs to see in her classroom so that she doesn’t pull her hair out by lunchtime. Your opinion, or mine, for that matter, is irrelevant.
By the way, if you are a parent reading this thinking “If I found out that my kid couldn’t play a dice game even though she didn’t do anything wrong, I would march right down to that classroom and tell that teacher how to teach!” I want you to know that you are a big part of the problem in this country, and you are parenting in a way that will trick your kid into thinking that life is fair. This will lead to your kid being less prepared than she should be for the real world.
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