Meet the Pencil Police and Your New Best Friend



Missing pencils, broken pencils, pencil shavings all over the floor, sharpeners that don't work... we've all been there.


To cut down on all this nonsense, I have a pencil policy in my classroom.... enforced by the Pencil Police.  The PEPO, if you will, with a long E and a long O.  The PEPO are invisible, and in fact do not exist.  But I reference them often:  "Pick up that pencil!  The pencil police will come!"  And the kids believe me, I think.


The pencil policy rules are simple:
{one} Make sure you have a sharpened pencil first thing in the morning.
{two} You must exchange a pencil to get a new pencil.  The only exception is rule one, because we all know that the Pencil Prowlers come in at night and take pencils, which is why no one ever has one in the morning.  But don't worry, because the PEPO are on the case.
{three} Never ask for a replacement pencil with words.  Simply raise your broken one, wait for my nod of approval, and do the exchange.

{four} You are only allowed ONE pencil at a time.  This cuts down on playing.
{five} NO personal pencil sharpeners!!!  They're distracting, and messy.  I know what you're thinking.  I gave my sweeties heart sharpeners for Valentine's Day.  I told them to keep them at home :)  Only my aide and I can sharpen pencils.


Which brings me to possibly the worst pencil problem of them all: the sharpener that doesn't sharpen!  You know the one.  It ruins all your pretty holiday pencils, and the points {if you can call them "points"} break within minutes.


Cringe no more!  I found a solution:
I know you've seen this sharpener, and you might even own it.  And if you own it, my guess is you've fallen in love with it.  Because I've owned it for one day, and I'm.in.love.people.  It's quiet.  It's quick.  It works.  Every.single.time.  I tested my new baby out with two packages of cheapo dollar store pencils.  Look at how SHARP they are:
Every pencil sharpened perfectly on the first try.  Can you say that about your sharpener?  Unless you have this one, then the answer is NO!


This sharpener is cool.  It's easy to use.  It's attractive.


It's also incredibly easy to clean.  Just slide out the clear box on the bottom, toss the shavings, and pop it back in.  I sharpened 16 pencils before I felt that I needed to empty it.  I think I could have gone for more, but I wanted to play it safe :)
This super sharpener is priced at $19.95 with FREE shipping... a great price for a great product, if you ask me!!  And it was made by a teacher, what more could you ask for!?  


Thank you, Troy, for the opportunity to use, review, and absolutely.fall.in.love.with. this pencil sharpener!


If you haven't yet, please visit Troy's site, and check out this product!  There are pics and videos on his page, and they're worth seeing!  If you don't go, I'll send the PEPO after you {that's PEncil POlice, for anyone who scrolled to the bottom of this post and didn't read the top, LOL}.

52 comments

Jamie said...

I have to agree with you. I just got my cool blue sharpener in the mail yesterday and used it for the first time today and oh.my.word. I fell in love! Is it the greatest pencil sharpener you've ever had or what?! Brilliant! :o) AND I teamed up with some teacher friends of mine and got the Buy 3 and get it for 17.95 each deal. AWESOME!

Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

Primary Paradise said...

The pencil police patrol my room too. I am so glad to hear that someone else has the same exact rules as I do. I just emailed Troy about this sharpener and should be getting one soon. I'm so excited!
Tammy
primaryparadise.blogspot

Erika said...

Boy do I need one of these! I have sharpener anxiety. This would certainly be cheaper than therapy!

2B Honey Bunch
The Best Endings

Hadar said...

I'm pretty sure my students are eating pencils. On another note, I found this pencil sharpener in my classroom!!! It's not mine, but I am totally going to use it! Thank you for the awesome review!!!

Your BFF

Sara S. said...

Hahaha! The PEPO, I like that one. I have strict pencil rules too. I don't let them keep their own sharpeners either -hate those things! I may need to break down and get one of these!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

rebecca sutton said...

I have the pencil exchange in my class, too! There's nothing like an amazing pencil sharpener!! I bought a heavy duty industrial pencil sharpener this year and I love it!! And holy moly girl!! 600 box tops for education!! That is amazing! I have clipped maybe ten! Next year I'll save all year in case they spring this on me again! :)
Rebecca
Teaching First

Holly said...

I am in love with Hank...oh my gosh, he's THE BEST!!!!!

I blogged about him here...

http://crisscrossapplesauceinfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2012/02/its-pencil-sharpener-of-my-dreams-peeps.html

This pencil sharpener is SOOOOOO dreamy I bought my hubby one for his classroom too....

Holly
Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

Sheri said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for this post:) Not only am I waiting to receive mine...which I just ordered, but I was wondering how to celebrate my 50th follower.......and now, she's getting one too;) Happy Days!!!!! The PEPO is on patrol!!!!
Sheri
1st GRADE ROCKS!!!!

Traci said...

It IS the best sharpener. Our school-wide supply purchase order is in it's final leg of approval. SOON, I hope, all my friends will stop borrowing mine! :D
Dragonflies in First

Amber said...

That pencil sharpener looks great!! I love your idea of raising a pencil that cuts back on interruptions-GENIUS!

✰Amber
Sparkles, Smiles, and Student Teaching

Mrs. Bailey said...

I've had mine for about 3 weeks now. It hasn't let me down...not once. I'm in L-O-V-E love!

Klassy Kinders

Miss DeCarbo said...

I am going to have to try this pencil sharpener out. Mine is SO loud. It sounds like a monster lives in our classroom all day.

Thanks for the review! :)


Second Grade Sugar and Spice

Busy Bees said...

I got it in the mail a couple of weeks ago and have to figure it out this weekend. I am loving all of the great comments that I am seeing about it!
Robynn
BusyBees

Miss Squirrels said...

Ok, last year- I bought a $90 sharpener! It still works- but it has a velvet rope around it and only myself or my sons are allowed to use it.
We do the sharpened/please sharpen cans- take one/give one...It does work well...but now I have to get one of these new ones....

Staci

Going Nutty!

misssquirrels@yahoo.com

Pam said...

This pencil sharpener looks fabulous! I have an electric one right now in my classroom, but it's not getting the job done. I definitely need to get one like this! Love the PEPO idea! Thanks for sharing.

Chrissy said...

I think I really need to get one of these pencil sharpeners. Mine is starting to only sharpen one side of the pencil. I love your cupcake, so I'm giving you the One Lovely Blog Award. Come on over and take a look.

 Chrissy

First Grade Found Me

Kristin said...

Our pencil rules sound VERY similar!!!!!!!!
And I need to order that sharpener!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Edana said...

I've had mine for a month now & I was completely over the moon!!! You are so right, I love how it sharpens cutesy holiday pencils, unlike other sharpeners. I've spent a pretty penny on sharpeners in the past and I love how affordable this one is :)

Color Me Kinder

Miss Squirrels said...

I rated your blog Top 10!!!
Come Check it out!
http://goingnuttyinmisssquirrelsfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2012/03/award-or-box-lingers.html
Staci

Going Nutty!

misssquirrels@yahoo.com

Hadar said...

I used it today!!! Loved it! Except I kind of wished it had little sticky feet to help hold it into place.

Kelly said...

I am a new follower annddd...
1. I need that sharpener!
2. I nominated you for an award since you have so many, many great ideas. Click on over to my blog to check it out.

Kelly
Kindergarten Kel

Kristy said...

You are so right, this is the best sharpener E.V.E.R.!! I was showing it off to my principal and told her, asked her, begged her to buy one for every teacher on staff. Guess what - they're on their way! (Which means I'll have 2 - woohoo!!)

Natalie said...

I gave you a sweet little award...come and get it!

Natalie
TeacheryTidbits

Room 114 said...

I HATE pencils and wish someone would invent a pencil that never needs to be sharpened (mechanical pencils drive me crazy too). I'm going to have to check out the sharpener you recommended because mine overheats far too often. Thanks for sharing your rules - I'm going to adopt some of them :)

Lisa

Stories from Room 114

hate2clean said...

This could be just what I am looking for!!

Jennifer D said...

It's funny how an old-school sharpener has become popular again! My mom has had a hand-crank sharpener similar to this one for 30+ years now. It has never let her down! BTW, the price has gone up now - $24.95.

Melodee said...

I was so excited to see this on Pinterest and I am BUYING that sharpener when I am done writing this!! Pencil problems are the worst, really. I am going to use your idea for my classroom, too:) thanks for sharing!

jenny said...

wait? it's a cranker and not automatic? UGH! nooooooooooooooooooooo.....

clairebear said...

I know, Jenny. $20 and I have to crank it? My word

stephanie duran said...

Aww...I was sold until I saw the hand crank. I watched the "How to Sharpen" video and it seemed like he was cranking for a while. Oh well, the search for the perfect sharpener continues...

Janett said...

How does this pencil sharpener hold up when sharpening colored pencils? Has anyone tried it? Every sharpener I've had has died via colored pencils. I don't want to invest anymore until I hear about how it does at sharpening colored pencils.

alissa said...

Does it work with big kinder pencils?

Sheila said...

I have had mine for 2 years and still works like a charm. I love the blue color, they only had green when I ordered mine. I have tried colored pencils and it doesn't seem to bother the sharpener. The problem I have is that is sharpens the pencils too well and the colored pencils are too soft and will tend to break immediately. As far as being a crank, it is very quiet and well worth it. I even let my 3rd graders use it. The pencil sharpener is "open" the first thirty minutes and last 30 minutes of the day. Students are to have 2 sharpened pencils to start the day. If they both break, they may exchange. I like your idea about a raised hand and a nod. I will have to try that this year.

Sheila said...

I have had mine for 2 years and still works like a charm. I love the blue color, they only had green when I ordered mine. I have tried colored pencils and it doesn't seem to bother the sharpener. The problem I have is that is sharpens the pencils too well and the colored pencils are too soft and will tend to break immediately. As far as being a crank, it is very quiet and well worth it. I even let my 3rd graders use it. The pencil sharpener is "open" the first thirty minutes and last 30 minutes of the day. Students are to have 2 sharpened pencils to start the day. If they both break, they may exchange. I like your idea about a raised hand and a nod. I will have to try that this year.

Ms. Irish said...

Where can you purchase this pencil sharpener?

tertled said...

Colored pencils should only be sharpened with hand sharpeners. The "lead" turns to sticky pasty goo when the sharpener heats up (from the motor) and then hardens which ruins your sharpener. Hand crank sharpeners will work, but it can still heat up from friction and goo up your sharpener (Don't you love all the technical terms?)

One reason your holiday pencils don't sharpen correctly is they are covered in a plastic coating, which, you guessed it, melts when the motor heats up. Second, they are usually bought at dollar stores or from bulk dealers. They are so cheap because they are, well, cheaply made. They are the cast off of the more expensive companies. Lead is off center,they use different wood, etc.

Sassafras said...

My eldest daughter was given a pencil sharpener like this from her older brother who is stationed in Korea. It is the best pencil sharpener, but I agree about only having the teacher sharpen pencils. The sharpener that we have springs back on us sometimes, but if you follow the Pencil Police methods, you will be golden!

Fonda Jones said...

I agree!! I was in pencil heaven!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE my sharpener! I have brought all my pencils home from school to sharpen them ALL before school starts. Can't wait to use the PEPO!! I love that! :) Happy sharpening!

Kristin Martin said...

They are all out of stock right now!!

erika325 said...

They are now $24.99 and sold out at the moment. FYI

Woo said...

I teach about 130 6th graders so you can just imagine the issues I have with pencils at any given time. I love your pencil rules and will definitely be using them this year. Thanks for the idea. I'll be mentioning it on my blog within the next week!

Ms. B

http://teachinginroom605.blogspot.com/

Ashli said...

Have you had to replace your blades in those two years? I just got my sharpener today and I'm wondering how long they last and how difficult they are to replace. Thanks!

Kat said...

I can't help but giggle a bit.
I am an almost 40-year-old Danish woman who grew up with this kind of sharpener in every classroom I have ever been in. This is new??

Kat said...

Also, what is it with the PEPO? Why so strict? How about teaching kids Freedom and responsibility?

Jen W said...

Looks like a good teacher gift! My kids' most recent school had a similar policy. They required Ticoderonga pencils ONLY. As a parent with limited income, more than one kid and ample supply of "please, TREAT, not SWEET" free pencils from everything, i sent those instead. What my kids got were being barred from Teachers Electric Pencil Sharpener and kids who felt helpless because the manual wall one was always broken. SO frusterating that id have to supply each of my kids eith $5 plus of Tico pencils for them to be a classroom supply that has no personal responsibility and accountability. I get it, i really do. It saves a lot of time this method, im sure. . I wish the school would have bought them at a bulk, non-profit rate and charged the parents a supply fee insead. It would have been cheaper and saved the poor kids some embarrassment. Maybe i should forward this post to that school.

(Sorry for my rant. I now snag those pencils free/cheap whenever i can, even if it means disassembling the kids' pinwheel church project to get at the goods, lol)

Phyllis said...

Love it!
Use to teach Pre-school and Before and Care.

Jenn Cotton said...

How are u attaching this securely? I have this sharpener but hard to get it to stay in place

Stanley Smith said...

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Louise Croswait said...

I own three of these pencil sharpeners! The great thing about these is that you can't over sharpen the pencil until it becomes a nub. The sharpener begins to spin without sharpening once it's sharp. And, the tip is super sharp! There are some cheap pencils though that just won't sharpen--but they would do the same thing in an expensive sharpener.

FRiKi said...

I have a pencil sharpener blog and I have received my first ever electric pencil sharpener today. It's funny that it's actually the first one I have seen in 1st person because they are not popular in my country. It's from X-Acto and I just love it!

My blog

Katie said...

I like your rules, but curious - what do you do if a student lost his/her pencil and doesn't have one to exchange one morning in the classroom? Do they go the day without a pencil, unable to do their work?

Tammy said...

I usually have to replace my blade every year but they are not expensive and it is very easy to change out.

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