Originally Posted by Pinoikoi
I admit it, I am too. Sometimes clothing can become a source of disruption in a classroom- items that are too revealing or sexually provocative are often a culprit in a high school classroom. I have also had dangerous stuff though, too.. gang related clothing, wheelies, etc. and I am certain that a lot of times, parents just don't know about that stuff..
The clothes don't have to be sexy to be a major disruption... picture one or two very active 1st grade boys w/ velcro on their pants/pockets, etc. Trying to teach w/ a lot of "ripping" of velcro going on can be very difficult! Granted, there are some kids who will always find a way to be fidgety, but if they are paying some level of attention to the lesson, and not distracting the other kids, I'm okay with the fidgets. (I once had to untangle a boy after he contorted himself through his removable pant legs that he'd unvelcro'ed off during our morning group time
As for pencil quality... even some of the wooden ones that seem good can be frustrating. I've noticed that the lead in some brands gets broken, or falls out in pieces.