were to make a list of the top 10 teacher struggles, pencils and pencil
sharpening would definitely make the list.
It’s a constant battle – even with high schoolers – to get them to
actually show up with a pencil. Many
teachers trade personal belongings for a pencil, or take off points. I gave up on this LONG ago. I just buy pencils in bulk and give them out
as needed. It is what it is. I’ve accepted that a portion of my salary
will forever go to supplying pencils.
investment that I am actually EXCITED about was the pencil sharpener I bought 4
years ago that is still working
perfectly and the best pencil sharpener I’ve ever seen. This pencil sharpener is the School Smart Vertical Pencil Sharpener and you
can get it on Amazon for $29.79! Now I’ve told you all before, this little blog isn’t big city enough to have any sponsorships or promotions or anything like that. This is truly just my own experience as a teacher that I want to share with you other teachers to make your life easier! So here are a few of the reasons why I LOVE it:
it was $30, I’ve had it for 4 years and it still works perfectly.
little loud, but it sharpens very quickly (less than 10 seconds), so even though it isn’t the quietest,
it is definitely the fastest. With this sharpener, you won’t have to endure the terrible noise of
a pencil sharpener for too long.
sharpen regular pencils or colored pencils! Neither will jam it or mess it up.
sharpest pencil, and sharpens it well so that the lead doesn’t break easily. My students love it so much that I will have
seniors in high school that I taught in freshman biology come by my classroom
before school starts to sharpen their pencils in my room! It is one of my favorite things that I get to see them regularly and that they love it so much.
and treat your self to this pencil sharpener and while you are out, buy
some stock in a pencil manufacturer because you might as well go ahead and buy
a class set in bulk (Hint: Put colorful tape or some other tag around the end
to help students to remember to return to you at the end of class!) Back to school is hectic enough, don’t make
worrying about pencils and having the constant interruption of kids taking 30+
seconds to sharpen a pencil an issue this year.
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