March 24, 2014

World's Best Pencil Sharpener.......Ever (Thank you Classroom Friendly Supplies!!)

A while back I received a pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies.  I was to the try the product (the pencil sharpener), take a few photos and write a review.

Now...most people would be none too thrilled to write a review about a pencil sharper.  I am sure to most---testing and reviewing a pencil sharpener would be like watching paint dry on a wall. every teacher would agree....I see the value in having a great pencil sharper for the classroom!!!  So....I was EXCITED about testing this little beaut out!!

Now, I am going to be honest about this review....what I tell you is my please keep that in mind. :)  As I began to test drive this lil' puppy, I gave myself three guiding questions.  These questions are listed below and helped me write my review:
  1. Would sharpening a pencil in the Classroom Friendly Supplies sharpener produce a sharper pencil than a traditional handheld, or electric sharpener would?
  2. How easy was it to sharpen a pencil?
  3. Can you sharpen colored pencils? 

Question 1: Would a pencil sharpened in this sharpener be sharper than a traditional or electric sharpener?
Answer 1: YES!!!  I thought my electric sharpener was good....but when I used the sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies....I was amazed at how sharp the pencils got!  Classroom Friendly Supplies beat the competition hands down!!!

The pencil on the left was sharpened using the Classroom Friendly Supplies sharpener.  The pencil on the right was sharpened with an electric sharpener.
A side you can see how sharp the pencil actually got!  Amazing...huh!!

Question 2:  How easy was it to sharpen a pencil?
Answer 2:   Sharpening a pencil isn't difficult by any means, but it is a little tricky at first.   Students need to squeeze the arms at the top extend out the sharpener.  They, again, squeeze the arms and insert the pencil.  As you sharpen you need to press down on the base of the sharpener.  Initially the kids and I had a bit of trouble...but now we have it down easy peasy!

Question 3:  Can you sharpen colored pencils?
Answer 3:   I am always looking for a good colored pencil sharpener, as my kids are constantly using colored pencils to shade in their progress graphs.  Unfortunately this sharpener does not sharpen colored pencils.  I tried with several, and the soft lead of the colored pencils kept breaking inside the sharpener. 

In my opinion the sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies is a GREAT BUY!!  It makes the sharpest pencils I have ever seen!!!  In fact word got around the school that  "Mrs. Orr has the worlds' greatest pencil sharpener" in her random kids come in my classroom and sharpen their pencil throughout the day!  I can't blame is a great sharpener!

If you have money left over in your classroom budget....I highly recommend purchasing this sharpener!  Click the picture above for pricing and more info!

March 3, 2014

Currently March

Wow....March....already!  I can't believe it.....most of it may be due to the fact that Old Man Winter will not get out of Kansas!  Today we had another snow day due to extreme temperatures and icy/snowy conditions.  I love snow days.....but lets just say I am ready to wear flip flops people!!  Haha :)

Anyway I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade with her Currently Linky Party. :)  I love these linkys!!

1.  Surprise...surprise...sports are on at our house. Literally it is sports 24/7 at our house......but I am not complaining! :)

2. I am loving the fact that our home town team---the Wichita State Shockers---are 31 and 0!!  Have you all heard about them?  They are really doing well and sparking some much needed life/enthusiasm and pride in my hometown!  I am excited to see what these boys will do at the big dance!

3. I always have such high hopes for snow days....but by the end of the day I end up thinking, "where the heck did my snow day go?"  I did manage to watch two movies....ha!

4. I am in full research mode on how to improve my school's MTSS/RTI model.  We currently have a great system up and running...but I just feel like we are missing something.  What does your MTSS/RTI model look like?

5. After I finish up this blog post....I am going to be on the search for resources for my math tier 2 group.   This week 5th grade will be working on order of operations, and my sixth grade group will be working with fractions.

6.  Turquoise, peach and black are my answers....what is my question???

Thanks for reading my currently.......if you get a chance you should click on over to Polka Dot Lesson Plan's blog.  She is hosting giveaway for her blogiversary!  It's a pretty cool prize......a $50 Erin Condren gift card!!  Hello!! Score!!!