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    Pencils are not FREE
    By Joy

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    Pencils are definitely not free in my room. Everytime a child needs to sharpen a pencil during my instruction, I automatically deduct 5 minutes from their Friday Funtime. It worked like a charm. The pencils were always sharp. When a child forgot his/her pencil, I would loan them one. Here is the catch: They had to provide collateral. I sometimes took their shoe or watch. It had to be something that was valuable to them. I always managed to get the pencil back because they couldn't possibly go to lunch or leave school without their shoes on their feet. It was somewhat comical. Very seldom did I have students ask to borrow my pencils.

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