Last year was my first year teaching 1st grade. One of the biggest problems we had in our classroom supplies-wise was with supplies. For my children, they each got a plastic pencil box. They each had crayons, scissors, and up to 2 pencils (UNLESS they were special pencils from home, etc). When both of their pencils had broken, the child was to put the pencil in the unsharpened basket and take one from the sharpened basket. I did not allow my children to sharpen pencils, partly because I was concerned about them abusing/breaking the sharpener that I had, knowing that my school would not provide me/us with new. Here were the major problems that arose from the pencil box system regarding supplies and especially pencils: -Pencils came back with erasers and metal eraser holders torn off or tampered with/paint shaved off/etc, or simply broken in half. -Children did not put supplies back into pencil boxes despite constant reminders, often resulting in a desk full of pencils along with other supplies. -Children broke and threw crayons, played with glue and scissors, and drew all over the pencil boxes despite constant reminders/consequences. I tried moving to a system of a supply area at the back of the room in the case of glue and scissors at the end of the year because so many children were playing with them, but in the end the children would use the supplies, hide them in their desk, and be caught playing with them again. Do you have any advice for me? Would table baskets work better? I am especially interested to hear your thoughts on the pencil situation because that was a disaster!!