Skip to main content

I'll Never Buy Another Sharpener

So I thought I wrote this post forever ago but obviously I'm old and senile!  When I moved into my new classroom I was given a pencil sharpener that didn't work.  Worst off, the kids at my school hate using pens and have a steady diet of wood and graphite.  They can go through 8 pencils in a day...... easy.  I had seen everyone raving about the Quietest Sharpener in the World.
This thing is amazing!  It took a bit for my kids to learn how to work it because it is just different.  You actually pull out the front unit for better stabilization of the pencil so of course my kids would spend five minutes just shoving it into the hole and complaining that, "You broke it, Mrs. Wilkins".  I spent a good amount of time sharpening for them until they learned how to use it and by that time, other teachers on my team had bought their own, so the kids have mastered it now.
It is quiet... that is true.  The reason my kiddos and I love it, though, is how sharp the pencils are.

The picture is not great but you get the point..... ha.... point.  We joke around in my class, "That point is so sharp you could poke a man's eye out with it.... but we wouldn't because that would be assault." (We are middle school.... we have a sick and twisted humor and we are okay with it!)  Seriously, though, the point is so sharp, kids line up to sharpen already sharpened pencils.  They say that if they sharpen in my class they can last all day!
If you are interested, mosey on over to Classroom Friendly Supplies and check them out.  I got the red one and it makes it easier to find in the classroom.  i think I'm going to buy the mounting kit and make that a summer project.  I just saw they added a pink one so that might be an end of the year present for me!  Seriously......check them out!


  1. I love my pencil sharpener! My students had to go through a "training" when I first got it in the mail. Now, whenever we get a new student, they all want to train him/her.


  2. I love mine, but sometimes the pencils are too sharp and the lead breaks before the pencil is taken out of the sharpener. Constantly cleaning the sharpener can get old. I've tried to tell my students you can "feel" when it is sharp and stop. A few are finally getting it. I won't go back to any other sharpener.

    Miss A's Planning

  3. I could not find another place to post this. You are an example of the teacher I desire to be! I have been teaching for six years now, Reading and Language Arts. I love your lessons, and your passion is so inspiring! Thank you for being willing to step outside of the box and share your ideas.

    1. You words are too kind. After 16 years of teaching my favorite thing is to share. I love hearing that someone found something I did to be useful in their own class. Thanks for letting me know I'm doing an o.k. job!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Grudgeball.. a Review Game Where Kids Attack!

I have long been a huge fan of using games in the classroom.  Much like sneaking broccoli into the pizza sauce, I have always felt that games were that perfect balance of teaching and engagement.  When I first started, my consummate go to was Jeaopardy but..... Holy work Batman! Setting that all up was extremely time consuming.  I wanted to find a way to have a quick go to game I could use with any set of questions.  I bought myself a Nerf hoop and did a straight game of answer the question, get it right, shoot the ball and earn points.  For a majority of the kids this was enough but for one of my classes, nothing could get them excited.  For them, this game was accompanied by the sound of crickets, followed by awkward silence, followed again by crickets.
I came up with the solution one night while watching Survivor.  The contestant competed in a challenge where they answered trivia questions about their teammates.  For every question they got correct they got to put a coconut in the…

250 Virtual Field Trips.... most of them are free!

If you have been following my blog lately, you will know that I am absolutely (and probably ridiculously!!! ) obsessed with virtual field trips.  I promise I will blog about something different soon but I have one last thing.  I have been working on organizing all the field trips I find into one sheet and I was just able to make it into a searchable database!   So search away and make some connections!  Let me know if you take any of these field trips!  I would love to hear how others are using them in their classrooms!!! This list is ever growing so bookmark this and keep coming back when you are planning next year!

Crime Scene In The Classroom!!!!

*** I have updated the resources and website for this activity.  Access the resources here and the website here!
*** If you would like to see how the simulation evolved, click here!
I had such an amazing class today I just couldn't wait to blog about it! I've been doing decent teaching since I started at my new school but every time I chat with my Teach Like A Pirate peeps (#tlap Mondays at 9 eastern and #sstlap at Thursdays at 9 eastern) I feel really inadequate. I knew I had to try to do a lesson I could sell a ticket to and even though I almost decided to scrap it five different times I finally made myself do it and it was fabulous!

I decided to create a detective agency where we were going to determine if the British soldiers at the Boston Massacre were guilt of murder or simply acted in self defense. I borrowed very heavily from this website and got a lot of inspiration from a video that I now can't find but I'll post it as soon as I find it. In the video, th…