Putting an End to Pencil Problems in the Classroom

Teaching primary students, pencils have been a HUGE headache for me in the past. Every single day someone would find their pencil missing, or needed it sharpened when I was in the middle of teaching a small group, and when I placed new pencils in the sharpened bin half the class seemed to all of a sudden be missing a pencil! To solve these pencil problems I started a new system based on some ideas I'd read about on Facebook and Pinterest, and now I never have to think about pencil problems!

Pencil problems in the classroom? Solve them for good with this simple pencil solution that will save you money and time! You'll never have pencil problems again!

At the beginning of the year, I provided every student in my class with a pencil case from the dollar store. I labeled them with each student's name so there could be no mix-ups!

Pencil problems in the classroom? Solve them for good with this simple pencil solution that will save you money and time! You'll never have pencil problems again!

Inside every case I included seven sharp pencils and one eraser. The second year I did this I changed it up to 5 pencils and it has worked just fine! 

Pencil problems in the classroom? Solve them for good with this simple pencil solution that will save you money and time! You'll never have pencil problems again!

At the end of every week, my lunch helpers collect the pencil cases and sharpen all of the pencils. Any student who still has all seven (or five) pencils AND their eraser gets a small treat back in their case - an eraser, sticker, small wrapped candy. Any pencils missing, or nearing the end of their usable life, are replaced at this time and pencils are NEVER needing to be sharpened throughout the week! (Insert happy teacher face here!) I shared this idea at the beginning of this school year, but I'm so thrilled with how well it is going I needed to revisit! Pencil problems - solved!

You might also be interested in this post about getting organized in your classroom:

Pencil problems in the classroom? Solve them for good with this simple pencil solution that will save you money and time! You'll never have pencil problems again!

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Pencil problems in the classroom? Solve them for good with this simple pencil solution that will save you money and time! You'll never have pencil problems again!

10 comments

  1. I use almost the exact same system! We use pencil boxes instead of pouches. I'm always amazed at how excited the students are to get a sticker and a Friend of Pencils card. Thanks for starting a new linky!
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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    1. Isn't it awesome?! It has truly saved my sanity (and my pencil budget!!) this year! Thanks for linking up. :)

      ~Erin

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  2. I love this idea. You would never believe how many pencils end up on the floor at the end of the day! I can't do this this year but will keep it in mind for the fall. I have a diabetic child so I never ever use candy or any type of food for a reward. It has certainly been challenging this year!! Thanks! :-)

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    1. Oh, I can believe it!! I can tell you that my students have been just as excited and motivated by a sticker, special pencil or fun eraser as they have been for a candy. Any little surprise gift works wonders!

      ~Erin

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  3. Erin, I love this fantastic idea!
    Diane
    One Giggle At A Time

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    1. Thanks, Diane! It truly has been a sanity saver! :)

      Erin

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  4. I have a silly question...where did you get your pouches? I love this idea

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    1. Hi Jayme,

      Thanks for stopping by! Not a silly question at all! I got them from our dollar store, Dollarama. :) It is a routine that I will establish year after year. It has made my life SO much easier!

      Erin

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  5. I can't wait to try it next year. Going to add a few items. Dry erase marker and eraser.

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