Sunday, April 20, 2014

Classroom Friendly Supplies Sharpener

Howdy Teacher Friends, 

I don't know about you, but one of my pet peeves while teaching is an obnoxious electric pencil sharpener grating away. Sharpening pencils can be akin to folding laundry for me. And I despise folding clothes. 

I actually went old-school last year and resorted to using a hand crank sharpener last year after my most recent electric died. It was the LAST time I spent $70.00 plus on a sharpener that lasted less than an entire school year. While old trusty was free, and it got the pencils sharp, it was LOUD and ate the pencils to nubs pretty quickly. 

After our custodian installed a sharpener like this:

it seized up. He could't fix and we had to install an entirely new one. 

Enter The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener!

I ordered the Precious Pink version to review here. 

Since I don't have my own classroom this year, only the Harry Potter Cupboard Office, I was able to recruit some of my teachers to try it out in addition to me. 

  • The sharpener was quiet. Not silent, but by far more quiet than an electric sharpener or even my old trusty hand crank. 
  • The price is right. You can't beat 24.99. You can get three for $53.97. I would consider purchasing one for each student group in my class (if I still had one). 
  • Every single pencil that I sharpened with had a perfect point the first time. And it didn't chew the pencils up or grind them down to unusable nubs. Score!
  • Shipping is free. 
  • Lots of fun color options are available. 
  • They sell replacement blades, so you won't have to scrap the entire sharpener if it dulls.

  • It is a little confusing to work when you first try it. I recommend watching this video
  • You have to hold the sharpener with one hand. It also comes with a handy little clamp for mounting on a flat surface, but I wasn't able to get it clamped really tight. With that being said, they now offer a permanent mount. Woo hoo!
  • While my big kids (grades 4 and 5) would be totally capable of using this sharpener, I think that it would take lots of practice for littles to work it. 
I will order more of these little babies. In the spirit of full disclosure, a couple of the teachers who tried the sharpener were not totally sold. I think that they were turned off by the mechanism that holds the pencil. 

Give it a try! For $24.99, it is TOTALLY worth it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Practically No Prep Listening Center QR Code FREEBIES. Ya heard, plural.

Hey Teacher Friends,
I may be late to the QR code party, but I am arriving with bells on!

Here is my latest obsession: safe and easy listening centers. Click the caption to go to the resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

12 QR codes that link to safe share videos

6 Qr codes that are Cinderella variants

Did I mention that these are free? Grab em! You can also see all of my safe share read aloud links here: Safe Listening Center Pinterest Board

All the best,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Safe Share Read Alouds on Pinterest

Hey Teacher Friends,
I am so excited to share this with y'all! I have been compiling YouTube videos of books being read aloud. I have painstakingly curated Safe Share links to a Pinterest board. Ya heard, Safe Share! That means no ads. No possibly inappropriate content blaring out of your speakers.

Here is the link to the Pinterest Board: Safe Listening Center.

Enjoy! I will be posting a link to the QR codes that I am making to access these dandy little videos with any QR scanner. Neat! What a nice addition to your listening center:)

All the best,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One for Me Linky

I have been thinking about my resolutions. Have you? I know that some people think that resolving things at the New Year is silly, but I LOVE it. Last year, I resolved to stop drinking pop (soda, coke, soft drinks...depending on your location! LOL!) That has been a staple resolution for about 5 years. I try, I fail, I retry. This year it actually materialized when the hubs quit smoking. In November. I count it as a victory. 

I was drinking more than three pops a day. Like Sonic Route 44 Coke first thing, then a can or two or four. depending on my stress level. 

For years I had suffered from caffeine headaches when I didn't have something by say, 10am. How messed up is that? 

I also resolved to try all foods that I had previously said I didn't like again. I realized that many of those foods were the victims of my tastes as a child. I was pleasantly surprised that I like mushrooms. I am also MUCH more easy going in restaurants. I still don't like olives. Sorry. Those suckers taste like dirt. 

This year I have a few as well. I plan to check in with y'all monthly on my progress. Motivation, right? 

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics today to talk about my big one. I will tell you my list and then for the grand finale, my 1 for Me. 
  • Lose 10 pounds and keep it off. I lost about 10 this year when I quit drinking pop. 10 more would be great. 
  • upgrade fixtures in our house. I LOATH our dining room chandelier. 
  • have more "me" time. I am always nicer when I am able to be alone. Are you that way? It could just be a bubble bath or window shopping. 
And now the big one

Be better at birthdays. 

Seems simple, right? I am HORRIBLE about remembering to call/remembering at all/planning ahead/sending a card/making it a big deal.

I actually spoke to my sister this year on her birthday. Didn't wish her happy birthday. 

I weighs so heavy on my heart. I guess the biggest thing is that all of the people I neglect on their day, are great to me on mine. 

Maybe I will do something like this board. It could fit into "me time." Yes?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Collaboration Cuties Giveaway!

I am watching this giveaway like a hawk! How wouldn't want a $50 Amazon gift card or a PINK pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies?? They are also giving away CC products from TPT. Hop over and enter here. They have plenty of easy entry options.

Happy Holidays,

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Sandy Hook

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

Giveaway Winners!

Winner winner chicken dinner! We have winners. I have contacted Mary by email for her Fandango gift card. I was not able to contact Amy for her gift basket. There was a problem with the email recorded.

Amy, I will wait 24 hours to hear from you at missbrandle@yahoo dot com before I will pick an alternate winner. I hope I hear form you:)

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