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I teach beginning, 7th & 8th grade, and high school band. And jazz band (sort of). I think I’ve done a pretty good job of making the beginners understand that when they do use school equipment, they must respect it. The 7th and 8th graders are very careless in general (not just in band), and that translates to things like mallets being dropped on the floor and left there to be stepped on.

Like I said, this is my first year here, and the mallets weren’t in the greatest shape when I came in. I’m trying to get these kids to understand that they have to take care of the things that are provided for them, but when the things aren’t in great condition, how do I monitor what’s new, what’s intentional, etc?