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You’re running a rehearsal and you ask students to write something in. It’s almost inevitable that a hand will slowly raise and the question on the end of that hand will ask for a pencil. This small action eats up precious rehearsal time. Creating a simple pencil pan has saved me from these problems. Here’s how I did it:

What you’ll need:

pizza pan

pencils

duct tape

magnets (strong enough to hold the weight of a pencil)

Optional:

stickers

letters

hanging materials (I used command strips)

Wrap a piece of duct tape around the top of a pencil. Try to line up the pencil with the middle of the piece.

Place a magnet on the back of the duct tape flag.

Decorate, hang, and enjoy the silence!