I have just begun my third year of teaching and this year, I am teaching 4th grade for the first time at a new school. The children have major behavior issues and I am looking for ways to keep them in their seats and to minimize the way they waste time during the day. One area that I am looking to improve on is the use of pencils. At the beginning of the year, many of the students came to school with erasable pens. At first, I was thinking I didn't want them to use pens. Now I am leaning towards setting up table caddies with pens for them to use throughout the school day. It would eliminate the need to sharpen pencils and the students would feel somewhat more mature because they are writing with pens. I would supply the pens for the class. Are there any other 4th grade teachers that allow their students to use pens for classwork? Just as a side note, I tried keeping a container of sharpened pencils in my room and carrying around a mini sharpener. Both of these did not work because I was constantly being interrupted during conferences to sharpen a pencil and all of my pencils eventually disappeared. I have never dealt with a group of students like I have this year and I am still working on my classroom management skills as a teacher with only two years of experience. I have bigger fish to fry then trying to ensure that all of my students return a pencil with a black marker dot on it at the end of the day.