Sharpening pencils is the classroom chore I despise the most. I hate when the wood splinters, I hate when it "canoes"-ya know, lead on one side, wood on the other, I hate when the lead breaks and falls out and you have to start again, I hate how expensive pencil sharpeners are, how loud they are, and how they break down every school year. I hate old fashioned crank style because the compartment always falls off and shavings go everywhere!!!! Ugh, wait a minute, let me tell you how I really feel. :) ha.
The other thing I dislike about sharpening pencils is the fact that it always seems I have to do it more and more as the year goes on. I mean for real, what are my kids doing- eating them?! I'll sharpen like, 40 pencils and it always seems that by afternoon I've got kids telling me there are none left in the happy can. Also, every year I find kids breaking pencils ON PURPOSE just so they can go get a sharper one. I catch them arguing over whose pencil is whose, who has the shorter/longer/sharper/bigger eraser... it's enough to drive you mad. I've tried tons of management systems: writing names on them, rewarding good pencil keeping, etc, etc but it always ends up being more work for me. So, I just deal. I would love to hear your ideas for pencil management. Just promise me you won't tell me you have a classroom aide who "takes care of it" because I might have to secretly hate you, too!

Lori- over at teachingwithloveandlaughter.blogspot.com is having a give away for a pretty cool sounding pencil sharpener. I've heard great things about it and I'm dying to win this little contest. Check out her post by clicking the picture below:

I also found this great freebie and I'm thinking of trying it next year (or maybe after winter break):

Thanks for letting me vent. :)


  1. You are too funny! Do your students' parents like to do things for you from home? Before I got this new pencil sharpener, I used to send pencils home weekly to be sharpened. I had an electric sharpener, but, I didn't always find the time to use it. Maybe you can send them home with a few willing parents? Or, maybe you'll win the contest!!
    Good luck to you!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. Oh, how I wish I had parent volunteers. It is just not a reality in my district. A very sad fact. :( Thanks for the idea though.

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  4. I don't remember anyhting like that when I was in school. All students had their own set of pencils and they were responsible for them. But if my school were to introduce such a rule I guess both me and my Mom would go crazy. Surely, we'd try to compromise but as said at customwritingcompany.com there's always tow ways-out - change your attitude or give up - my Mom would choose the latter and most probably I'd be changing schools. And I don't want to offend anyone but to me it's sounds kind of ridiculous.


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