As I was planning what I would do for classroom management this year and how I would change it from last year, I couldn’t help but think about my students and how much they would sharpen their pencils. There were quite a few times last year when a student would go to the pencil sharpener (as I was speaking of course) to sharpen his or her “dull” pencil on either my mechanical or electric sharpener. Imagine me using air quotes around dull because, more often than not, the pencil did not need it. I think we all know what would happen then. The sharpener would be so loud I would have to pause as they sharpen so they could get a nice point to continue working. It was a big pet peeve of mine and I wanted none of it as I went into this new school year. This is when I heard about the “quietest classroom pencil sharpener” from my fellow teacher friend. I had to try it out.
Every student who has tried the new pencil sharpener has loved it! They think it is so cool, because really it is. When you place the pencil in the sharpener, the metal holder actually comes out, and then as you crank the handle, the metal holder moves closer back in place until it is done sharpening. This is to prevent over sharpening done by nearly all students. If you are having trouble imagining this, watch this video!
Once it is done, the pencil has the sharpest point my students and I have ever seen! They love it, and to clean it is simple. You just have to pull out the clear plastic disposable tray, dump it in the trash and replace.
The pencil sharpener costs $24.99 and comes in a variety of colors. I love it because it has a retro look to it! There is also free shipping, and specials if you want to order more than one at a time.
This sharpener has definitely cut down on the noise in my room made by all of the previous sharpeners that are now in the past! Plus, it seems that my students have not needed to sharpen their pencils as often! Check out the website at Classroom Friendly Supplies.
To buy your own sharpener, click the link here!