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