Okay, so here goes - I have seen this sharpener on Pinterest & blogs the last few months, and I just couldn't believe what I was hearing.
I don't know about you, but sharpening pencils has been the bane of my teaching existence since my first year teaching. I have searched high & low for the best pencils to avoid the constant (and I mean CONSTANT) requests and complaints of...
"Can I sharpen my pencil?"
" I just sharpened my pencil and it broke".
" My pencil is only sharpening on the side".
" The lead just keeps falling out!"
And so on....and so on...and so on. The worst were those plastic/paper coated pencils that you get from the Dollar Tree that the kids LOVE. They eat up my electric sharpener and never ever stay sharpened.
This year, I banned all pencils except Ticonderoga. I requested only those on my school supply list at the beginning of the year & anything other than those were donated to others in the school that wanted them. I know that sounds petty, but I swear at least one hour of my school day was spent dealing with pencils.
Then, the best thing happened - Troy from Classroom Friendly Supplies allowed me to use one of his sharpeners to do a review & let me tell you. I am SOLD!!!
Here are some pencils I picked to practice with my new fancy sharpener...
I gathered my first grade team mates to watch the magic unfold, too! haha
Here's the Ticonderoga...
Anyway, my trusty Ticonderogas were fabulous, but, I wasn't convinced. I mean, these pencils are always dependable.
Next, was the "other" brands...(the ones that only sharpen on one side, or the lead just slides out right after they have been sharpened). You know the ones....
Then.....there was the Dollar Tree/Party Favor pencils. The dreaded plastic/paper wrapped ones. The ones the kids love & I loathe.
My heart literally SANG!
His name is Sheldon. (Any Big Bang fans out there??)
He is my new best friend.
And, my kids love him, too, because now they can sharpen their "cool" pencils without Ms. Teacher going crazy :)
This is Sheldon in his new home...
You can pick one up for yourself at Classroom Friendly Supplies for $24.99 and FREE SHIPPING!!! How great is that?? Those electric ones (that I have already had like 5 of ) are at least twice of that! My teammates are already trying to figure out how to use our supply funds (we don't have much left) to order one of these things. There are 4 of us on our team & they all want one. So, head on over and grab yourself one. Believe me, you'll be so happy you did !!!
I mean, look at these pencils! They speak for themselves...
With my 300 Follower Giveaway coming up soon, maybe one of these will be part of it. Would you like that as part of a giveaway??? :)