Many thanks to everyone who responded to my serious pencil sharpener
dilemma with great suggestions (and didn't die laughing.) Most
everyone recommended hand-held metal pencil sharpeners. Many people
cautioned against the double-holed variety because students tried to
sharpen crayons and jammed up the wrong hole.
I found great ones, four for $2.99 at Office Depot, and bought a ton
of them. They are now housed, one each, in small stack-able plastic
trays. When someone wants one for their table, they leave me a shoe
as collateral. (Students in the past have begged to leave anything else, such as
watches, backpacks and jewelry, and guess what, I had a nice
collection of anonymous watches, backpacks and jewelry.) I have
never had anyone leave without first re-claiming their shoe!
The plastic trays are used to catch the pencil shavings and the kids
now know that they are responsible for dumping the shavings before
returning the pencil sharpener and tray.
As we art teachers all know, it's the little materials and equipment management
issues that can drive us crazy and drain our budgets. I really appreciate
having this group's collective wisdom and experience to draw upon!
Thanks again guys!
22 years of teaching art and still learning!!