Well, I have 7th graders. We were working on personal narratives all last week and this week. I wanted them to get practice in editing, so I had them do writer's workshop in their teams by grading eachothers' rough drafts. To do this, I decided it would be nice for them to use my special colored grading pens.....lo and behold three pens are missing. My two black pens, and one dark blue (which I told them were off limits since their classmates wouldn't be able to see the corrections they've made). The district I work for is a gang related district, so I know these colors were choosen for a reason. THe pens themselves are not a big deal to me, what is a big deal is the principal behind the "stealing". I even have an idea of who the culprit was and in all honesty he is a good student and him and I are working up toward a good repoir (while some other teachers on my floor find him difficult). I was thinking of mentioning the missing pens (during my morning announcements to them) and to ask them to anonymously put them on my desk sometime during the week, and tell them that If they are still missing, I will keep that in mind when wanting to use special things for our classroom. My question: Should I let this go?? They are only three pens...or should I mention it to them with what I mentioned previously? Do you think a problem like stealing can get worse/better if mentioned after the first episode? What do you think....... ps. I'm a first year teacher, this group during my 7-8th period are my toughest.