Ok, is this just my students? I don't know what the deal is with students putting art supplies in their mouths! And it's not just the younger students, I think I've caught students in all grades I teach. I don't get it. I remind them that those art supplies are used by all the students in the school, so not only is the "chewer" getting a bunch of germs, they are spreading their germs to everyone else! One day back in November, I caught one of my first grade students sticking a pencil in his mouth and "redirected" his behavior. About 10 minutes later, he came up to ask me a question, WITH the pencil in his mouth, and he had chewed the metal part off! I told him he was done for the day- if he wasn't going to respect the art supplies, he wasn't going to make art. (He was almost done anyway...) I showed his teacher and the next morning he knocked on my classroom door and brought me this note with a new pencil. It's kind of funny now, I just don't understand what motivates the gross behavior!
Anybody have any magic tricks to make it stop?