One teacher, 25 kids, at least 2 sharpened pencils for each day. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Not so much. How many times has your lesson been disrupted by the never-ending roar of a pencil sharpener? How many times have you complained about having a sharpener on your back-to-school shopping list again.
Recently, we asked teachers to share their biggest frustrations involving pencil sharpeners on the Elmer’s Teachers Club Facebook page. Oh, the pain of teachers exasperated by sharpener fails! We love hearing from you and we got a lot of feedback.
A few of our members weighed in on the conversation:
Brenda Joy Jones Miller My biggest frustration is that they never seem to last! Maybe my room is cursed with sharpeners, but mine run hot, then slowly die. Maybe I work the kids too much, nah!!! I don't like the handheld, personal sharpeners because the kids leave their shavings behind. Mechanical pencils are toys to little students! I wonder what is my solution.
Mary Long DeFrates They all seem to wear out WAY too soon, even if they are used only for regular pencils! They really don't last long if you use them for colored pencils. I end up buying at least one new sharpener every year!! If the kids don't like how sharp the points are, they just keep pushing the pencils in over and over again. The sound can drive me crazy after awhile!! Lol!
Vickie Bunkley Miller This looks like my old XACTO. It lasted over 5 years! I need another one but I don't have the money right now to buy it. It was the best one I have ever had. It worked overtime for my class and for other classes that came over to use it. I just hope when I get another one it will last as long as my last one! I can't say enough good things about this sharpener! I absolutely loved it!
Debra Stewart Thanks to my XACTO electric pencil sharpener, a tedious chore became a breeze. When you have equipment that is worthy of the task of keeping second grader's pencils sharp, then the classroom runs smoothly. Working with the best, gives you the best from the kids.
It turns out that Vickie and Debra are not alone. The School Pro® Electric Pencil Sharpener from X-ACTO is the favorite among teachers.
Designed specifically for the classroom, the SchoolPro features a unique cutting blade that produces a safe, rounded pencil point. This – coupled with a patented cutter that stops when the pencil is sharp– prevents the sharpener from overheating and burning out. Another feature that teachers love is that this sharpener is so quiet.
Regarding all of the comments about colored and cheap, soft lead pencils, I decided to reach out to the experts at X-ACTO. I learned that the soft lead in most colored and cheap pencils leaves a waxy residue that builds up on the cutter assembly of electric sharpeners. Even different colors from the same package of pencils build up on the gears differently. The good news is that X-ACTO offers a replacement cutter for the SchoolPro, so you don’t have to buy a brand new sharpener every year.
X-ACTO is so confident that the SchoolPro sharpener will deliver the performance teachers need, it includes a 10 year warranty.
Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts about pencil sharpener frustrations. And, thanks to our friends at XACTO, we’re sending Brenda, Mary, Debra, and Vickie an X-ACTO SchoolPro electric sharpener to help them kick off the new school year!
Remember, we’re always looking for reasons to surprise our members! Be sure to join the Elmer’s Teachers Club for opportunities to win prizes and sample products in your own classroom. Membership does have its rewards!