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And the topic is: THINGS FOUND IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE.

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#1 - December 06, 2012, 03:05 PM
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Middle school students!

Things that have been confiscated
#2 - December 06, 2012, 03:32 PM

Oooh -- Lwrites is right about the confiscated items!

Student files
Previous principals' portraits
Major awards the school has won
Principal's college diploma
Yearbooks
Stack of dimerit slips waiting for review (face down of course...oh, how tempting to peek!)

This is fun! P.S.: Did we win??
#3 - December 06, 2012, 05:35 PM

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Oh, these are great! You both win!!  :dollar  :dollar :dollar :dollar :dollar :dollar :dollar :dollar :dollar :dollar  (Did I mention it was the $20,000 smiley emoticon pyramid? Let's pretend those are $2000 bills, otherwise I'm going to be here a looooong time. )

Seriously though, thank you! Your brainstorming helped me move past my block. (But the game can continue if others are so inclined.)
#4 - December 06, 2012, 06:45 PM
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OOH, I wanna play too!  :yup

A half eaten sandwich and a bottle of Pepto Bismol?  :feelbad

Photo of spouse/kids/dog/cat/mother, him/herself on vacation look much less harried...whatever the case may be.  :dog3

stress ball  :smokhead:

coffee rings on the desk  :coffee3:

globe  :fishbowl (I didn't see a globe smiley so I'm substituting a fishbowl)

in case of fire exit plan schematic on wall  :flame:





#5 - December 06, 2012, 09:37 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
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A computer that looks like coffee has been spilled on it. :oncomputer

A desk calendar with many colored appointments (okay, that depends on your character)

And stacks of teacher's files for their reviews
#6 - December 07, 2012, 07:10 AM
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A perplexing (to a middle school student) piece of evidence of life outside middle school: maybe a pair of binoculars for birdwatching (although the students might suspect less socially acceptable uses), or a vegan enchilada recipe clipped from a magazine, or knitting equipment (which would be fun if the principal was a guy).

#7 - December 07, 2012, 09:08 AM
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Teacher evaulations (how very tempting to look and/or change a few words)
Minutes of upcoming school board meetings including the juicy closed-session stuff about a kid being expelled.
Special education recommendations.
Budget cut information showing cheerleading summer tryouts are being cut in favor of summer math camp.
State testing pamphlets OR state testing scores (including some shockingly low ones or unexpectedly high ones)
Parent letters of complaint.
The cafeteria recipe for the mystery meatloaf.

Yes, I'm a teacher
#8 - March 05, 2013, 06:24 PM
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This is way too obvious, but how about a desk and chair, plus chairs for visitors? Pictures on the walls or framed certificates of the school's achievements. Trophies?
#9 - March 05, 2013, 07:50 PM

Hobby stuff- having just been in one of these offices, I saw a baseball bat, framed photos of family, photos of baseball diamonds, golf clubs, his desk and chair plus a table with guest chairs to have a conference. TONS of books on all sorts of topics - literature, current nf stuff on leadership and education and religion... file cabinets, stuff for the school auction being stashed there..
#10 - March 05, 2013, 08:48 PM
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Some schools are very protective about tests, test scores, referrals, teacher evals and much of that carefully controlled. At our school the principal and Vice principal are not even allowed to hand tests to the teachers and there is an outside person who monitors test distribution and data collection. The information is shared that way. So I guess it depends on the type and size of school. I work in a large, urban, Title One school.

And if I were the principal . . . I'd have vacation pamphlets   :cruise
                                             Self-defense class information  :karate: or  :kickbox: or if I was a warm fuzzy. a stress management or yoga class brochure  :hangloose
                                             Job search infomation  :callme (a whole bunch are likely to not have contracts renewed due to the budget)
                                             And something like this  :king2

Can you tell we have a snow day today??  :snowplow
#11 - March 06, 2013, 07:14 AM

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How about something dark and nefarious... a report on recent behaviour modification/brainwashing results (cue evil laugh)
#13 - March 07, 2013, 04:08 AM

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I immediately thought of the DRAWER OF CONFISCATED ITEMS containing several iPhones, DS players, mp3 players, cigarettes, Swiss Army Knives, gag gum (which he accidentally tried once.)  This principal liked to listen to the kids' music.   He has certain lockers that he shakes down just to see what those kids are listening to.  Then he goes home and uses that music to make playlists to impress his teenage daughter - but it never works.  Because she's secretly into Celine Dion!

It's like a writing prompt!
#14 - March 07, 2013, 06:00 AM

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