I know you can relate to my hate for pencils and pencil sharpening in my classroom. I feel like whenever I turn around I've got a student that needs their pencil sharpened. That's not even the worst of it - it usually takes them sooooooo long to sharpen their pencil because our $100 classroom pencil sharpener stopped working weeks ago and now it just eats pencils. Nice.
Well, one day I was perusing Pinterest when I saw this:
This pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies claimed to sharpen any pencil AND claimed to do it quietly. Say whaaaaaa???? Surely this was an evil trap that someone had created to get all teachers to fall into? Surely this wasn't real - I've never heard of a pencil sharpener that actually sharpened all pencils quietly! I've heard of pencil sharpeners that sharpened expensive pencils (hello Ticonderoga Pencils! alas, I love you) but did it as loudly as possible while I shouted at the top of my lungs to continue teaching, but never one that was quiet AND sharpened ALL (what about Dixon???) pencils. Be. Still. My. Heart.
I did it - I got one and was so excited when it came! One problem was that I got it at the end of the 2011-2012 school year and so it didn't debut in my classroom until this past year. I waited all year to share this post with you because I wanted to see how it held up after being
tortured used by my students for an entire school year. After a year of using it, I've gotta tell you that I absolutely love it. Now, it did take some abuse from my students....I won't share with you the look on my face when it dropped to the floor for the first time....
(whooooops - maybe I will...this was me...except I'm not a man)
....but despite that abuse, it held up quite nicely! I am telling you what - this pencil sharpener sharpened like a dream! Better yet, it sharpened EVERY pencil - from the Ticonderogas to the dollar store pencils, this sharpener works like I never knew I cared a pencil sharpener to work! Even better than that (I know!? Can it get better?!) is that price tag - at only $24.99 a sharpener, how could you not want to have at least one for your classroom?!?!!! I'm now contemplating purchasing the teacher special of 3 sharpeners, only I know that Stephen might struggle with me paying even more money for my classroom. Below is the video from the website showing you how to sharpen a pencil using one of their sharpeners. This video is incredibly accurate, right on down to the noise level you hear while the pencil is being sharpened. While you watch it, I'm going to go figure out how to finagle a way to buy 3 new sharpeners for my classroom this year!