I've tried everything to organize when and how my students will sharpen their pencils. This year I started with these containers and signs. One container has "Sharpened Pencils" while the other container has "Pencils to be Sharpened". Students have until 9:00 a.m. to sharpen their pencils. After 9:00 a.m. I unplug the pencil sharpener. If students' pencils break during the day, they replace their pencil with a sharpened pencil. At the end of the day, a student will sharpen all pencils in the "Pencils to be sharpened" and place in the "Sharpened pencils" container. We start all over the next day. It's been two weeks and it is working out beautifully!