Erasers are my next biggest annoyance. I used to buy the cool neon cap erasers, but those seem to somehow exit my classroom very quickly. Then I tried the chunky colorful ones, and those exited the room even more quickly. So I bought ugly gray erasers, and chopped them all in half. Now the kids abuse them, and they look like rotten little teeth. :(
I'll admit, when I was an elementary lass, many years ago, I used to be very OCD about my pencils, too. They all had to be sharp all the time. I never used the erasers on the back, because I wanted them to stay intact. I would put a cap eraser on all my pencils. Once they got sharpened too much, I stopped using them because my hand would get cramped. There were certain pencils I saved in a zipper pouch and never sharpened: glittery ones, Lisa Frank unicorns, scented ones, pencils from travel destinations, and some given as prizes for good behavior or 100% on a spelling test. Yes, children, I feel your pencil pain. However, when I see you for 45 minutes once every six days, you're going to have to get over your pencil issues.
This may sound like a simple solution, or maybe you think I'm crazy, but I am making the kids USE PENS. Think about it: no sharpening, no erasers to pick out, no whining in the middle of my speech because theirs broke! It's a beautiful thing. Not only that, but while working in their sketchbooks, using a pen teaches them not to erase and worry about every little detail. They have to try again or just let it go. And today, the beauty of this theory was tested. A teacher sent her students to my class with their own pencils, ready to go.
Y'all, it STILL TOOK THEM 15 MINUTES TO GET READY! GAAAAH!
So, you know what? I'm phasing out the pencils. Maybe I'm crazy, but I could also be brilliant. It's a possibility.