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Ever feel like you spend endless days searching for pencils in your classrooms? I am down to my last nerve when it comes to pencils in my classroom. Students are always losing their pencil and never seem to have one when they need one.
Well FINALLY I was DONE! I decided that I would assign everyone a pencil and see, just see, if they could possibly keep up with it! Well let me tell you! I am so proud of my firsties! They all started out with a brand new pencil on Monday, March 31st. I have four table groups each labeled with a color. I also assign each student a number at the beginning of the year that we use for EVERYTHING we do in class. I purchased some colored dot stickers from Avery (there are enough to last me through next year I am sure) and I went to work. I put a dot on their pencil in their table color and then wrote their number on the sticker. I put a piece of tape around it just to secure it so they didn't take the sticker off. I gave them all new eraser tops at that time as well!
Here were the rules!
1. You may not sharpen your pencil. If it needs to be sharpened, trade it in and when I see them in the "please sharpen" bucket I will sharpen and lay out for you to come get. You must return my pencil you borrowed when you pick up your sharpened pencil.
2. If I find your pencil on the floor...it's MINE...and you lose it and must borrow one from me and you owe me 2 min of your recess each day for the rest of the week.
3. At the end of each day, the student of the day will pick up all the pencils and turn them into the bucket to be sharpened for the next day. Student of the day will sharpen pencils before we leave each day and lay them out at the supply station. You may pick your pencil up each morning.
4. On Friday, at lunch, all pencils will be turned in for a final inspection. Your pencil must be free of chew marks and must have their eraser toppers. If you have your pencil and it is in good condition you will be awarded a SUPER IMPROVER star on our Super Improver Wall (see Super Improver Wall posts under the archive).
I was skeptical but this is what was turned in on Friday, April 4th! WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! Every child turned in their pencil! I was so proud! Even my little who didn't have her eraser was excused because it broke during an activity we were doing while she was erasing and she just hadn't had time to get a new one. No pencils on the floor, no fighting over who's pencil was whose...SUCCESS!
Week 2: I was super excited! Lets see if we can have success! This was the view throughout the week of pencils in process. I had to replace one pencil this week because it became a pinky pencil!
Week 2 Turn In: WOOOO HOOOOO! The NEW pencil you see on the top is because me...yes the teacher...dropped her pencil behind the bookcase (a really heavy one) and I haven't been able to retrieve it! Leave it to the teacher to lose the pencil! :) It's all COOL! She got her new pencil for next week a little early!
I have all their new pencils ready for next week so as these become PINKY PENCILS we can replace! This has been the most success I have had with pencils! I am super excited!
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