February 22, 2006
I require my students to use pencils in my math classes instead of ink pens. When a student forgets to bring a pencil, I no longer have to go through the problem of finding one to lend him, because I keep a huge coffee can of pencils at the back of the room. No, I don’t buy them! I just asked the custodian to pick up pencils from around the school and save them for me. He just dumps them in the can a couple of days a week. It is always full! I do put my name on them with a permanent marker, and yes they do disappear, but I have so many that it really isn’t a problem.