I'm very, very new to substitute teaching and still trying to get my feet under me when it comes to classroom management. This may be a really stupid question, but I've yet to figure out the best way to handle this situation. It never ceases to amaze me how many pencils these kids manage to break in a two hour period! And if ALL of them need to sharpen their pencils before class, we've lost a good 20 minutes of teaching time. If one student breaks three pencils and needs to sharpen one, the grinding noise completely disrupts the rest of the class. One teacher I subbed for solved this problem by keeping a box of pre-sharpened pencils on hand, but none of the others have had this available. So, any suggestions for taking care of pencils? Have a set time in which to sharpen? Take in my own supply? Make a student who's lost recess time stay in to sharpen a batch? Help!