What procedures have you found to make your day in 3rd grade go smoother, keep your sanity and make you room fun! I'll start: I personally can not stand pencils sharpening sounds...uggh! I also refuse to have the pencil shards all over their desks and floor since we don't get our rooms cleaned often because of budget cuts. SO...I have 2 cups of pencils in the front of the room. One is for sharp pencils and has a happy face on it. The other is for dull/broken pencils and has a sad face. I assign one student to be the lumberjack and their first job of the day is to sharpen all of the sad pencils and fill up our happy pencil cup. Then as a student needs a new pencil they quickly and quietly exchange their pencil for a new one.