For most students first grade is their time using a desk. Some students are born with a natural, organizational instinct. Some, on the other hand, need a bit of guidance in this area.
I don’t know about you, but I have a Pencil Monster in my classroom!
It seems as though pencils are always going missing in a primary classroom.
I would like to share my pencil management system with you.
I have two cups for pencils. The Sharp cup and the Broken cup. My mentor teacher used this dual pencil cup method when I was student teaching, and I have used it in my own classroom since. When a student needs a new pencil they raise 2 fingers, (the hand signal for “I need out of my seat”) and once granted permission, they put their broken pencil in the broken cup and take a fresh pencil out of the sharp cup. Students keep their pencils inside a basket in their desk. This seems to inhibit the Pencil Monster’s ability to snatch them up!