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    By Sarah

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    I teach first grade and have tried several things. What works for me is the students are assigned jobs every week--one is the pencil sharpener (electric sharpener). From day one, pencils are not that important in my room (color, size, shape, etc.). I try not to make them a big deal--we share...I do not allow them to erase (they cross out instead) so that helps if pencils do not have erasers. They get pencils in the morning from the sharpened basket and at the end of the day the pencil sharpener collects all pencils and sharpens them for the next day. Throughout the day, if a student breaks the lead, they just go get another pencil out of the sharpened basket and put the broken one in the other basket. I have not had any problems so far. Oh yea, no pencil sharpening during the day. There are enough pencils in the sharpened basket to last. Hope this helps.

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