Saturday, March 1, 2014

Free Upgrades: My pencil management technique


The classroom can never have enough pencils. Every period at least one student doesn't have/can't find/dog ate their pencil. I used to fuss at them but it never really helped the situation. Then one day I overheard a kid talking about how he couldn't wait to upgrade his cell phone and my idea for free upgrades was born. I keep a stash of brand new pencils with perfect erasers. When a student tells me they don't have a pencil, I take a perfect one from my stash. The pencil-less student is momentarily excited, thinking he is going to get a perfect new pencil. But that wouldn't be fair, would it. Instead I tell the class I am offering a free upgrade and I let someone with a shabby pencil with a worn down eraser trade it in for a sparkly new pencil. Then the pencil-less student gets the traded in version. Everyone wins- kids who bring supplies are rewarded with a new pencil and the students have an incentive to bring their pencils because they never know when I will offer an upgrade special. My middle schoolers love it and they often ask if I have any upgrades available.

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26 comments:

  1. Do you accept new(ish) pencils from classmates, when they are trying to help their buddy?

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    1. Hey Courtney, I definitely encourage the students to help out each other by sharing pencils too!

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  2. Do you accept new(ish) pencils from classmates, when they are trying to help their buddy?

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  3. I love this idea! But most of my kids who bring supplies bring mechanical pencils....not sure how I would do that.

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    1. Sometimes students will want to trade in a mechanical pencil for a brand new ones. Sometimes the super-responsible kids with the really nice mechanical pencils will have an extra one in their bag they want to upgrade too.

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    2. Great idea! It really is a win-wn!

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  4. I am 100% using this idea next year! I always give new pencils to the same kids so this will help me so much! Thank you!!

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    1. That's exactly why I came up with this idea! Enjoy :)

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  5. Brilliant! 36 years of teaching and can't believe I never even thought about this. Thanks for sharing. Kay E.

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  6. OMG! that is such a great idea! Thanks

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  8. I am definitely stealing this idea! Great job!

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  9. Love this idea! Adding it for this year!

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  10. 4 years from retirement, and I just learned a new trick!

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  11. I am definitely using this next year! Brilliant!

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  12. Love this idea!! I would ask for sneaker or shoe and by the end return pencil and shoe Your idea is AWESOME!

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    1. That's a good idea. I have found that students are way less likely to keep the old pencils. I have a cup in the front of the room and a lot of students drop the pencil in there after class.

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  14. Girl, I'm voiceless! Congrats!

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  15. I love this idea! I will definitely be telling my fellow 6th grade teachers about this one. Create, relevant, and rewards the positive behavior of the kids who remember their supplies.

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  16. Love, love, love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. That is an utterly genius idea: thank you!

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  18. Prefer this approach: http://www.tolerance.org/blog/give-kid-pencil

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  19. This has been such a problem at my school. With my 6th graders, I attached signs to my loaner pencils, such as "Justin Forever", "Bieber Fever" etc. No sixth grader wants to be seen with a Justin Bieber pencil. I can't wait to try your idea!

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