I have been busy cutting them out and placing them here and there to find the perfect spots to allow my kids to access them when needed, but not take up too much space in the meantime.
One thing I was talking to my friend about, who is also switching from desks to tables next year, is how we will manage sharp and dull pencils. I have seen a variety of management posts about this and I like the idea of creating an area in class for the dull pencils to live, to be resharpened at a later *and more convenient* time. There would also be a place next to this bin for sharp pencils- or I could just use the "pencil" label that I currently have in my class.
I am mulling this idea over in my head for a few reasons:
- Nothing irks me more than hearing the pencil sharpener in the middle of a minilesson- even though there is a class rule preventing this, it still happens :(
- Although we have two pencil sharpeners in our class, they always have a long waiting line at the beginning of math and writing- this steals valuable time and kills the momentum we were building after the minilesson
- Kids tend to sharpen their pencils down to the bitter, bitter (and metallic!) end- this has killed many a sharpener, so hopefully this system will keep mine alive next year
Have fun with these!