In order to prevent twenty or so first graders from sharpening their pencils during instruction, we have a can of sharpened pencils available. The students can put pencils that need sharpened in the "Please Sharpen" can, and the Super Kid sharpens them after they finish getting the calendar ready. Of course, anyone may sharpen pencils in their free time as long as I am not teaching. This is the first year that I have had reluctant sharpeners! No one wanted to sharpen pencils this year! It was their least favorite job. How do you handle pencil sharpening during lessons?