.................................. >Alix, I solved this problem by buying small metal hand pencil sharpeners >that I ordered from Sax for less that $1.50 each. This particular one >comes with two extra blades, however, I have not had to change the >blades this year. I store these on a small rack with short pieces of >sharpened dowel rods and I can tell at a quick glance if any are >missing. > >My students sit at individual tables and the way they are situated in my >classroom, two students are able to share one sharpener. Also, I keep >the colored pencils in plastic containers which are also shared by the >two students. They sharpen the pencils in the lid and at the end of >class, they empty the shavings into trash can, which is located by their >tables. > >This solution really works good for me with my middle school classes. >The students say these sharpeners are MUCH better that the cheaper >plastic ones...thus saving my pencil sharpener and making the pencils >last longer. An added bonus is that the students are not constantly up >and down at the pencil sharpener. > >Carolyn Roberts
Hi, Alex......ditto from me also. Same as Carolyn...but we use the small,
cheapie plastic one-hole hand sharpeners and they last us for about two
years with fairly constant use. (I keep ours in a plastic tote tray and I
can tell when one's missing right away, too.) We use them only for our
Berol colored pencils. Forget the regular pencil sharpener...it's a big
headache and a mess! Besides, the individual ones (one per table of three
middle schoolers) works great and like Carolyn's room, they're not jumpin'
up all the time to sharpen them. I also use plastic containers for pencil
storage...the ones in the Pyramid Catalog (though the last time I ordered
the name has changed) but I just ordered another set of these pencil
containers two weeks ago for, I believe, $1.25/piece from the old catalog.
I can't tell you what a great idea these containers are!
I also like the idea of using x-acto knives. I'll have to try that myself.
Good luck with your solution! Cya................
Los Cerros Middle School
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