Remember my excitement over my new pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies? If you missed it, you simply must check out my review and overly enthusiastic youtube video. :) Keep reading for your chance to win a pencil sharpener of your very own!
It's time for a pencil sharpener update.
So far, I haven't caught any of my students taking selfies with their freshly sharpened pencils, but they have been taking full advantage of the new pencil sharpener. And, I occasionally see them admiring the perfectly sharp pencil points it produces.
One student brought in 24 pencils to sharpen in my classroom! I think it's safe to say that he approves of the pencil sharpener! There is a learning curve to using this pencil sharpener, but I think we're finally getting past that. If you're wondering how this pencil sharpener could possibly have a learning curve, then you obviously didn't watch my video. Scroll up and watch now!
Now that we're working on interactive notebooks, the markers and colored pencils have started coming out on a daily basis. And, I'm even more in love with the pencil sharpener now.
How is this possible? Let's think about what normally happens when students are using colored pencils. You're giving notes. They're taking notes. The color of pencil that they want to use is broken. Instead of choosing a different color, they insist on sharpening their pencil right then. So, they exit their seat and go to the noisy manual pencil sharpener on the wall or the even more noisy electric pencil sharpener by the electrical outlet. You end up having to stop your lesson while the student sharpens their pencil. If you're lucky, your students will use a handheld sharpener at their desk. You'll be able to continue with your lesson, but the janitor will hate you because these handheld sharpeners seem to make a huge mess every single time.
I don't have my pretty, pink pencil sharpener fastened to anything, so students can take it to their desks to use. While working on notebooks the other day, the students were passing the pencil sharpener from desk to desk as other students needed it. And, (gasp!) they were sharpening pencils at the same time as I was talking, and it WASN'T a distraction! This pencil sharpener really is that quiet!
Friday, one of my students looked at the pencil sharpener and remarked, "This thing needs to be emptied!" And, he proceeded to empty my pencil sharpener for me. I call this a win! I knew I was going to love the fact that the pencil shaving holder was clear!
Have I sold you on the fact that you need one of these pencil sharpeners for your classroom?
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