I feel like this is something a lot of teachers struggle with, so I'd like some input on how to manage pencils! I think I've posted this before, but a lot of suggestions said not to provide them in the first place. First, WV state policy mandates that basic school supplies MUST be provided free of charge in the classroom, so refusing to provide pencils is not an option. Second, having a pencil-less student can lead to disruptions since they will be off task. I've tried buying the jumbo kindergarten pencils (I teach 6th and 7th grade ELA), and that cuts back on sharpening and breaking. I also "brand" them with hot pink duct tape hoping I'll see it and remember to collect them, but I still always forget. Any tips on how I can manage the pencil crisis?