What is the Best Pencil Sharpener for Teachers?
How many pencil sharpeners have you gone through since you began teaching? I can’t even count how many times my shiny new pencil sharpener landed in the trash after failing.
I’ve tried all of the rules. What are some of yours?
1. Only teachers can sharpen the pencils. So the thought is, if kids aren’t touching it, it probably won’t get broken. In theory, this one makes sense. However, how much of a pain is it to have to sharpen all of the pencils on your own? This does not seem like a good use of teacher time.
2. No colored pencils in the sharpener. Again, this is another great idea in theory. However, my students have always loved colored pencils. They can draw and color better than with crayons and they aren’t quite as messy as markers. Some students just prefer colored pencils and I get it. If they can’t sharpen them when they break or become dull, they aren’t so useful anymore!
3. No fun pencils in the pencil sharpener! Well, this one I might not be able to give up. The cheap pencils that are wrapped in a fun, plastic design are always a hit with students. But – these do tend to lead to more broken sharpeners than other pencils. The plastic tends to unwrap and jam the sharpener.
Like most other teachers, the ideas I have tried for getting my sharpeners to last longer just are not ideal. Maybe the solution is a better sharpener? I’ve searched and searched and have landed on one that I feel that works better than others.
Here’s my pick for the best pencil sharpener for teachers:
Are you a classroom that spends a lot of time outdoors or around the building. You might need something portable that still is powerful.
Still hooked to an old school version? Then stick with this version:
Do you have a favorite? We would love for you to share your suggestions below!
Of course it always helps to star with great pencils. These are always a teacher favorite.