“My Pencil Broke.”

Ugh.  Those three words have haunted me since the first day of school.  Really.  If you say it to me, I will cringe.  The dreaded pencil sharpener and pencil management is one that varies each year.  Some years, you get a class where it’s just never an issue. They come in knowing how to use their pencil.  They don’t eat them. They don’t pick the eraser off the top and shred it into a million pieces on the floor. They don’t push down so hard on their paper that tips of lead are flying around your room like asteroids. 

And some years, you get…

My class. Don’t get me wrong.  I love my little first graders.  Really – they are honestly one of the best classes I’ve had over the past five years.  They are so, so, so sweet and excited about everything.  They are eager to learn.  They laugh at my jokes.  They laugh at my jokes that aren’t funny.  They ask me how Weston is and cheer when I come back after they’ve had a sub.  

But they cannot go more than a day without breaking a pencil, losing their pencil, or eating a pencil.  If I heard “My pencil broke.” one.more.time….

Enter: My husband.  At the bottom of my birthday presents was…. The.Best.Pencil.Sharpener.Ever.  You’ve seen it.  It has been all over blog-world.  And now, my little firsties and I have one to enjoy! 
  

My electric pencil sharpener that we used before was SO loud.  I would have a headache before morning announcements even started.  I took the electric sharpener away and now we have this wonderful, quiet, and fast sharpener to use.  (Except…only I use it.  Yep.  I haven’t let the kids touch it.  I sharpened a TON of pencils on Friday after school within a matter of minutes.  If a child needs a new pencil, they trade theirs with a sharpened one and off they go.)
So now, I’m happy. My kids are happy.  My pencils are happy because they just added weeks to their life span.  All is well in Room 108 again.  
And we lived happily ever after. 
The end. 
πŸ™‚ 
Happy Learning, 

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4 Comments

  1. I was excited to see another post about this sharpener! I got one this summer for my first classroom, but haven't been able to use it. Maybe it's just me.. but I can't figure out how to make it stable so that my kids can use it quickly and easily. Did you use the hook thingy that came with it or do something different??

  2. πŸ™‚ I love it!! I've just been holding it down myself lol. I haven't used the clamp but I'm sure that would help! I just like being able to easily move it around the room.

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