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TDD: Do you provide pencils for your students? If so, how?


I know this seems like a silly question, but:

  1. Continually buying pencils is expensive, man;
  2. so it’s best to have a way to keep them in the classroom
  3. and I saw some pretty neat methods when I was a substitute.

When I was working in a second-grade class in Little Rock, they seemed to have the best method I’ve seen yet.  There was a bucket in the middle of every table for students’ folders, for common worksheets, and for pencils/scissors/glue sticks. 

Either the school or the teacher bought the pencils in a bulk box — I’m not sure who supplied them specifically — in the solid yellow.  Each morning before school started, and during recess, the batch of pencils at the desk would be sharpened, replenished, or replaced.  If a student wanted to bring or use a special pencil (usually ones earned from the principal by doing good deeds), they needed to keep it in their seat sack, not in the bucket.

Pencils rarely went missing, and because they were all common property and looked the same none of the students fought over whose was whose.  They shared them all.  It was beautiful.

(Source: hithertokt)

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  1. ideasforteaching reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach
  2. wincherella reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach and added:
    I like this too. I am going to try it in September as I am tired of the students not having any pencils and stealing...
  3. anonthing reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach
  4. geofaultline reblogged this from firstclassroom and added:
    great idea! golf pencils are now on my list of school stuff to get!!
  5. glindse reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach
  6. educationneverending reblogged this from hithertokt and added:
    I was told a story when I was completing my degree that the teacher lecturing would lend pencils to his students but ask...
  7. firstclassroom reblogged this from iamlittlei and added:
    I’ve used mini golf pencils for over a year. Students don’t like them, so they put more effort in to bringing their own...
  8. hanktwybird reblogged this from iamlittlei and added:
    My 2nd supervising teacher did this (i taught under her for math only) and the only way this works is if you DONT...
  9. iamlittlei reblogged this from hithertokt and added:
    Next year I’m using golf pencils. They’re super cheap. They’re also a pain in the ass to use, so you get to reinforce...
  10. fatou36 reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach and added:
    I will be trying these ideas next year.
  11. tnteacher reblogged this from mrskaaay and added:
    Troll the halls at the end of the day. You’d be amazed how many pencils the janitors sweep up. This constitutes a large...
  12. therewerebirds reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach and added:
    Sounds like fun!
  13. mrskaaay reblogged this from hithertokt and added:
    Yes, I do. I tried to offset the cost of lost pencils by buying some of the large novelty pencils at Target (yay dollar...
  14. its-a-nguyen-nguyen-situation reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach
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