Pencil Management - Teacher Tips Tuesday

Welcome to the first-ever Teacher Tips Tuesday! In the past two years teaching primary students, pencils have been a HUGE headache for me. 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 have a problem! Well, this year I started a new system based on some ideas I'd read about on Facebook and Pinterest and it is going really well!

Tired of constantly replacing your students' missing pencils? This pencil management strategy is going to turn your classroom around!

At the beginning of the year, I provided every student in my class with a pencil case from the dollar store. Inside every case I included seven sharp pencils and one eraser.

Tired of constantly replacing your students' missing pencils? This pencil management strategy is going to turn your classroom around!

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 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!

I have a million fun little tips and tricks that I'd love to share but they don't always feel important enough for an entire blog post, so... I thought I'd make this a weekly event! I'm planning on sharing some small (or large!) teacher tip with you each week, and invite you to link up your own teacher tip blog posts!

Tired of constantly replacing your students' missing pencils? This pencil management strategy is going to turn your classroom around!

If you have a great tip for teachers that you'd like to share simply grab the Teacher Tips Tuesday logo from this post, insert it into your blog post with a link back here, add your URL below, then share, share, share!

Tired of constantly replacing your students' missing pencils? This pencil management strategy is going to turn your classroom around!






6 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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