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.

This idea comes from 2nd Grade Sandcastle. She 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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