Ask the Experts

Losing School Supplies

“My son keeps losing his pens and pencils, and his teacher refuses to keep spares in her classroom. She says this will only ‘teach him to be irresponsible.’ Any suggestions?”

I can see no legitimate reason why a teacher would refuse to keep extra materials on hand in the classroom.

If your son has an IEP or a 504 Plan, write this in as an accommodation. If your son doesn’t have a formal plan, and if the teacher won’t be reasoned with, try tying a pen or pencil to a string, and either clipping this to your son’s pants pocket or to a clipboard in his backpack.

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