The other thing I dislike about sharpening pencils is the fact that it always seems I have to do it more and more as the year goes on. I mean for real, what are my kids doing- eating them?! I'll sharpen like, 40 pencils and it always seems that by afternoon I've got kids telling me there are none left in the happy can. Also, every year I find kids breaking pencils ON PURPOSE just so they can go get a sharper one. I catch them arguing over whose pencil is whose, who has the shorter/longer/sharper/bigger eraser... it's enough to drive you mad. I've tried tons of management systems: writing names on them, rewarding good pencil keeping, etc, etc but it always ends up being more work for me. So, I just deal. I would love to hear your ideas for pencil management. Just promise me you won't tell me you have a classroom aide who "takes care of it" because I might have to secretly hate you, too!
I also found this great freebie and I'm thinking of trying it next year (or maybe after winter break):
Thanks for letting me vent. :)