I also use the hand held sharpners for two reasons. To keep the kids in their
seats and to avoid the noise of the sharpner. I do sharpen the pencils in
the morning and during my lunch break.
I buy Magic Rub erasers and cut them in half. If I catch a student drilling
holes or tearing one, they replace it with a new one. Had to do it once with
a first grader this year.
I also don't keep the pencils and erasers at the tables anymore. It became a
nightmare because kids dropped them on the floor or took them then the next
class did not have supplies. I had out pencils and erasers when needed and
pick them up at the end of class. Each table has a designated helper that
does that for me. No one is allowed to leave until all supplies are returned
to the appropriate location. Janet