Monday, March 12, 2012

Another One Bites the Dust

Keeping my students' pencils sharpened has been one of those things that absolutely drives me crazy.  I'm not talking about the management aspect, I'm talking about finding a pencil sharpener that works-for more than a month.  My current super cheap sharpener lasted less than a month.

I'm now conducting a just for kicks experiment on which new pencil sharpener I like the best.

Option A

Option B

I used my new electric sharpener, and it worked perfectly for 48 brand-new pencils.  It was wonderful!  However, my students are so excited to have a crank sharpener they can use!  They think it's the coolest thing ever.

Geometry Riddles
On another note, I'm trying to give my students some additional geometry practice.  I've found that they do a great job of identifying shapes when looking at a picture, but they have a more difficult time identifying shapes when reading a description without any visual clues.  I created a very basic activity that should help with this skill.  In it, students have to write riddles for 5 different geometric shapes of their choice.  When students finish the worksheet, they can go around the room and quiz their classmates.  You can grab your copy by clicking on the picture.


Mrs. Poland said...

I am giving away a pencil sharpener for my 100 follower giveaway. It is suppose to be the best one on the market and all I have heard is rave reviews about it. The person who makes it is also amazing as is his customer service!

Think, Wonder, & Teach

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

I hate sharpening pencils!!
First Grade Blue SKies

PolkaDotOwl said...

I just got a sharpener that is AMAZING, just for having a teaching blog. Here is the link:
I'll be posting my official review of it in April :)
~Mrs. P @ The Polka Dot Owl Blog

Christina-tina-tina said...

I feel the same way about pencil sharpening. I think a huge part of the problem is the quality of so many of the pencils that make through my classroom door.
LOVE the Geometry riddles sheet! Thank you!!!

Mrs. Cupcake said...

I do recommend the same sharpener as PolkaDotOwl... I posted a review, if you want to come check it out ;)
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Meridith said...

I hate sharpening pencils! My pencil sharpener is about to bite the dust. I have your option A currently and it has lasted me 2 years but I foresee a new sharpener in my future.

Christi said...

We were just complaining about pencil sharpeners today at our grade level meeting. I am considering the same one posted above. Hmm...

Christi =)
Ms. Fultz's Corner

oh' boy said...

polkadotowl is RIGHT!!!! contact troy and he will hook you up!!! the sharpener is AH_MAZING!!! I am fixing to go order 2 more right now!!!

Ms. Rachel said...

Polkadotowl is right (again)... I just got one, Ill also be reviewing it in April. IT IS FABULOUS!

Ms. Rachel’s Room

Ashleigh said...

You've all convinced me! I'm going to look him up.

Michele said...

I am so glad to hear someone else having issues with sharpeners. I've had all three of those sharpeners and none of them have passed the test. Option A lasted maybe a couple of months. Now I have X-acto School PRO and I do not let my kids use it. I sharpen thier pencils. Its working out and its a great sharpener so far. I've had it for a couple of months now!

Ally said...

AHHHHH! The pencil sharpening! I usually go through one electric sharpener a school year until.... my mom gave me mine from when I was a kid (1980's sharpener). It has been amazing!! :)
Stickers and Stars

Mrs. Corbitt said...

I recently purchased a crank pencil sharpener Exacto is the brand (I think) from Wal-Mart for only $6.97. Knock on wood-it is AWESOME!!!!

Room 114 said...

You can get warranties on pencil sharpeners at some stores. I always get mine at Office Max. I believe the warranty is $5, and it lasts for a year. I'm lucky if my sharpener lasts a whole year!


Stories from Room 114

a49erfangirl said...

This is fantastic. One of the girls that live in the apartment complex came home with something similar and she asked me if I could solve her math riddle. Very neat idea.

luckeyfrog said...

Ooh, I can't wait to have my kids make their own riddles this week! Thanks so much for sharing your form!

Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

Stephanie said...

I have had Option A for two years and just recently I have noticed it is not as sharp anymore :( At least the motor didn't die like so many before it, though. I have read sooooo many blogs about the pencil sharpener mentioned above~ last I checked, it was out of stock, but I need to check again.... nothing is more satisfying than a super sharp pencil :)

Thanks for the riddles sheet~ I do this every year with my students, but this is way way cute!

3rd Grade Thoughts

agarcia said...

I was given the Bostich sharpener at the beginning of the year. It stopped working in December. I contacted Bostich and they sent me a new sharpener because it was under warrenty & I had the original receipt.

CHERI said...

Hi, Ashleigh. Just found your blog. I am a retired GA teacher but am always looking for ideas for the student teachers I now supervise as well as things I can use in working with my grandchildren. Couldn't help but laugh when reading the post about your pencil sharpener. The PS was always my biggest headache!!! A few (very few) years before I retired I invested in a $40 from STAPLES. It was the best investment I ever made...only wish I had thought of it sooner. I know it's rather expensive (on a teacher's budget) but it was money well spent!

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