How to Store Pencils and Increase Student Responsibility

Are your students always losing pencils? Are you wondering how to manage pencils in the classroom? This classroom management tip will be helpful to elementary teachers.

Classroom management is the key to teacher success and directly relates to student learning. One of the most annoying things teachers need to manage is pencils.

It would seem like a non-issue, but pencils are often the source of high drama.
  • Students can't find their pencils.
  • Students sharpen them down to the nub.
  • Students use pencil sharpening as an excuse to wander the classroom.
  • Students argue over whose pencil is whose.
  • Students bring in distracting oversized, scented, twisty pencils.

Seriously I could go on and on.

In fact, I have. I have written many blog posts over the years to help teachers solve "the pencil problems." You can click on any of these links to read them.
In addition to my posts above, here is another smart idea for managing pencils in the classroom. This teacher constructed this pencil station from toilet paper tubes. 

I think it's a good system if you use tables instead of desks. I like that it prevents students from arguing over pencils (sharpest, best eraser, etc.) and requires them to take ownership of their personal belongings in a controlled way. I love that it eliminates that whirling sharpener noise and "social sharpening." 

This would work well with Crystal Lite containers hot glued as well as those clear shoe holders that hang on a door. I'm not sure if she does this or not, but I would also write their numbers onto each pencil.
Are your students always losing pencils? Are you wondering how to manage pencils in the classroom? This classroom management tip will be helpful to elementary teachers.



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