But here goes. . . My erasures always seem get lost finding their way home. This year I put an egg carton by the sharpener with one erasure in each spot. I have one erasure for each table to keep things simple. Now when the helper goes to pick them up she/hecan easily count and see if one's missing. I got this idea from somewhere. . . if you know where please write it in a comment so I can give credit.
BONUS TIP: Does the noise of a pencil sharpener drive you crazy. ME TOO! Really it does. . . that's why I am the way I am. Teaching 600 kids pencil sharpening rules is impossible so this CLOSED sign goes up anytime they can't use the sharpener (which is most of the time.) There is a green basket with sharpened pencils. If theirs breaks they put it in the "green broken pencil can" and get a new one or use one of the hand held sharpeners (they're the yellow ones.)
HAVE ANY PENCIL TIPS? GET IT? OKAY, lame, BUT SERIOUSLY, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE SHARPENER WITHOUT GOING INSANE?