True Love In The Classroom!
Ticonderoga + X-ACTO Forever
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Today I wanted to share something that I love in my classroom. When I set up my classroom I think about how thrilled I am to have purchased these items. When students are in need of sharp pencils and (gasp) I have forgotten to sharpen them...... a dreaded task is joyful!
I remember the light bulb moment happened in my first year of teaching. I didn't even realize that there was a difference between pencils. Pencil after pencil kept breaking. The lead would seemingly fall out! I was so frustrated. Then.... all of a sudden..... I would come across a pencil that would sharpen quickly and beautifully! I realized that every time a pencil was sharpened to perfection it was a Ticonderoga by Dixon. Now, years later, as students bring in their school supplies I hope, wish, and pray that there are Ticonderoga pencils in those backpacks!
- the lead doesn't break
- it sharpens easily with any sharpener
- they write beautifully
- easy to grip for tiny first grade hands
- known as "world's best pencil"
- worth every, single penny
I'm sorry to keep bringing up my first year of teaching but it was eye-opening in so many ways. The teacher that had the room prior to me left a pencil sharpener. As a new teacher I was excited! Well.... that pencil sharpener burned out within the first month. Two others that I purchased quickly followed suit. That's when I decided to do some research and buy a quality pencil sharpener. I've had the same X-ACTO ever since. I love it! My warning to you: It is much like owning a pick up truck..... everyone wants to borrow it! BUT... I don't mind sharing! That is what teaching is all about.
Buy It Because......
- mine has lasted for 7 years so far
- every pencil sharpens quickly
- it will save you time
- parent volunteers in your room will want to use it
- includes a ten year warranty (oh no! I only have 3 years left!)
- I own the X-ACTO Teacher Pro (approximately $37)
Do you have a love blooming in your classroom?
The Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO sharpener make my day to day life so easy. Do you use/own either of these? Do you feel the same way? Share your experiences here with us! Maybe you have another "love" in your classroom. Please let us know what has made teaching easier for you.
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