So I read about this one teachers method for pencils, which we all know can be a pain in the classroom. Here it goes: She buys a pencil bag for every student and puts 8 sharpened pencils and a pink eraser in it. The students are responsible for taking good care of their pencils for the entire week. Because there are 8, they do not get to use a pencil sharpener ever. On Fridays she has one student collect all the pencil bags. She then inspects every students bag to see if all the pencils are there and if they are in good condition. She also sharpens them for the next week. On Mondays, she returns the pencil bags with a little gift inside for all of the of students who still had all 8 pencils in good condition (no bite makes, snapped off erasers) and they repeat the process again. She changes the prizes frequently to keep the kids excited and motivated. She says it's great because she never has to worry about students sharpening pencils during the day or listen to their complaints about not having anything to write with. This sounds a bit complicated to me, but I honestly think I might try it if I could find some really cheap pencil bags or make some out of Ziploc bags or something. My procedure has always been to have the kids line up with a random pencil that I have put in a pencil cup, or their own. I sharpen them all every morning before we start the day, it's horrible because some kids break their pencils at their seat on purpose just so they can waste time. Anyone else have pencil procedures that word really well?