Also as I have spent a great deal of time co-teaching and being in other teachers' classrooms, I have discovered how much time gets wasted by kids looking for pencils, sharpening pencils and trying to fix the pencil sharpener. Because of this, I always have a huge mug full of sharp pencils ready to go for my students. Since I spend my own time sharpening pencils, I have been on a quest to find the perfect pencil sharpener. I have tried hand crank ones and electric ones and have found that nothing seems to last long.
I was very happy when I saw a few posts on Facebook about a small company making great pencil sharpeners for classrooms. I love that it is a small company run by a teacher as a side business. It is called Classroom Friendly Supplies. Here are some pictures of my students using the pencil sharpener and some thing we have discovered about it.
|You don't have to hold the pencil! This eliminates students' pushing to hard and keeps the pencil held exactly where it needs to be! It comes with a clamp to attach it to a table or shelf but works great without it as well.|
|Before and after shot. The pencil on the left was sharpened using the electric pencil sharpener I bought at the beginning of this school year. The one on the right is from the Classroom Friendly Supply sharpener.|
|Here is the collection drawer after sharpening 5 new pencils. Not much gets wasted! My students can sharpen a new pencil in 7 seconds. It takes me about 10.|