I tried the flowers - the kids ripped them off when I wasn't looking. I keep a cup of pens and pencils in the back. When they are gone, they are gone. They will have to borrow from someone else. As for paper, I charge a quarter for a thin spiral notebook, like those that are on sale for 5 cents at staples right now. I also write students up for being unprepared 3 or more times. But I only do it if they are disruptive about it. If you get a pencil in the beginning of class from me or a friend, that's ok. But if you are sitting there not doing anything or yelling across the room WHO HAS A PENCIL?? then you get a mark in the book. I have never actually had this happen 3 times.