Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Best Sharpener

Last year when I moved into my new classroom, it came fully equipped with two electric pencil sharpeners.  

One of them lasted about a week.

The other one almost survived the whole school year.

It finally gave out with about a month left of school.

I'm amazed that in all my years of teaching, I've never really thought much about the pencil sharpener in my classroom.

This is probably due to the fact that the majority of my students have always used mechanical pencils.

The past few years though my students have not been allowed to use mechanical pencils.  One of my coworkers is partially blind and struggles to see student work when they use them because they write so lightly.

So it was last year in my tenth year of teaching that I discovered one of my biggest pet peeves.  

The sound of an electric pencil sharpener.

Oh how I hated that sound.

And it seems there were a few students who ALWAYS needed to sharpen their pencils.

It was constant.

Since I was no longer in possession of a working sharpener for this year, I planned to take advantage of the opportunity to find the world's quietest sharpener.

I knew the perfect place to go for advice.

All of you on Instagram.

And oh my!

You did not disappoint.

You unanimously voted for Classroom Friendly Supplies.

I'll admit I was a little hesitant.

After all it wasn't electric.

But with everyone saying it was THE BEST, I decided to try it.

Days before school started, this beauty arrived at my house.

I fell in love with it immediately.

It's quiet and sharpens pencils better than any other sharpener I've ever seen.

I'll admit that I didn't love it the first day or two of school.

Every student had brand new pencils that needed to be sharpened.

Not a single one of them knew how to use this sharpener.

It was a slow process.

During those first few days I was wishing I had two or three of these in my classroom.

I do plan to add at least one more soon.

Now that the students know how to use it, we all love it.

Students are asking their other teachers if they can come to my room to sharpen their pencils because my sharpener is the best.

Not only does it work great, but it comes in lots of cute colors as well.

If you are in the market for a new sharpener, Classroom Friendly Supplies is most definitely the way to go.

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