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    By mrs_b_from_nc

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    I teach 2nd too! Totally commiserate!

    Pencils: Each student got 2 every morning. They handed 2 in each afternoon or didn't get their ticket. Only ADULTS were allowed to use my sharpener (Boston/Xacto School Pro) which was replaced (under warranty) 2004-2005 year due to student mis-use. Either my TA or me sharpened about 50 pencils/week and then only as needed. Worked well and will continue.

    Crayons: Community tub. Students could take up to 3 at a time. Worked well and may continue, we'll have to wait and see. Was started with crayons picked up off the floor!

    Markers: Community tub. Students could take up to 2 at a time (less markers available than crayons). There will be NO marker use in my room next year: too many complaints about the "washable" markers not coming out of uniform shirts. It's just not worth the battle.

    I kept tubs of glue sticks and scissors. Those were passed out as needed. Like the suggestion to keep crayons, scissors, and glue in baggies. May try this!

    I order crayons, glue sticks, scissors, and markers from district "warehouse" through the school. Can get glue sticks for 8 cents each and crayons for 10 cents. School pays tab. We get $150 twice a year for supplies. I only buy pencil boxes and odds 'n' ends at Walmart (or Staples - GREAT teacher rewards there!)

    Kinda long! Sorry!

    ps. Who thinks kids eat the pencils to meet RDA for fiber?

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