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Never sharpen pencils again!!!
Old 08-03-2007, 08:15 AM
 
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Okay, I hope I am not being too optimistic about this but I think I have my pencil-sharpening nightmare solved. I have been "test-driving" a new type of pencil this summer and I love it! It is the Ticonderoga Sense-matic pencil. It is a mechanical pencil but it automatically advances the lead so the kids can't keep advancing the lead and playing with it. The lead is a little thicker (0.7mm) so it doesn't break. I ordered enough for my class this year and plan to do away with regular pencils - I hope this works! My plan is to have a "filled" cup of pencils and and "empty" cup - when a pencil runs out of lead, a student can just put it in the empty cup and grab a filled one.

Has anyone used these? They are not the liquid graphite kind (I didn't like those). I have really tried to put them to the test this summer and I am happy so far...


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Never heard of them....are they expensive? What about when the lead runs out...do you have to refill them? How much is the lead?
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hope it works
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How do you torture a teacher?
sharpen a pencil

I hate pencil sharpening. I hope that it works for you. I sharpen the pencils at the end of the day and the kids get them out of my pencil basket to use. I don't allow kids to sharpen pencils anymore!! 18 years of sharpening pencils is enough to drive someone insane.
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Where do you find them?
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I looked online...and they also had rave reviews about these pencils! I'd love to try them but don't feel like paying $5 for shipping. Have you found them at stores?
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I just did a search on Officedepot.com and they have them there. They are $6.59 for a dozen of the 0.7mm lead. That's not too bad. I think I might have to try them.

The only problem I see now is the erasers. I guess I'll just have to buy some pencil topper ones.

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Sounds great. I wonder if it would be okay to give these to 3rd graders.

I may try it, tho....sharpening pencils is a BIG PAIN in my classroom.
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These sound like heaven. I HATE the pencils sharpener!!
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I looked online at Staples since I don't have an Office Max/Depot?? close by. They have a Dixon SenseMatic for 7.25 per dozen. If you order 3 dozen or more it goes down to 6.89. I can't tell if they are only available online or not....
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Sounds great but...
Old 08-03-2007, 12:19 PM
 
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we are not supposed to use mechanical pencil on our scan sheets for Edusoft. They say the lead is too shiny and doesn't pick up. I wonder if these would be like that too. Otherwise, they sound great!
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I just ordered them at Staples online and they were $6.39/doz. plus free shipping w/ Teacher Rewards.
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Old 08-03-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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These pencils sound awesome! I'm going to look into them. I hate sharpening. Now if I could just figure out a way to stop the kids from losing their pencils.
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I used this when I was in elementary school...15+ years ago.

I'm someone who is really anal about the points on my pencil, and I didn't like them because the points would get duller than I liked before the lead advanced.

I like regular mechanical pencils b/c I can constantly be breaking the lead off to get a sharper point.
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That sounds great!
Old 08-03-2007, 05:39 PM
 
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All year last year, I kept telling my first graders that I was going to invent a pencil that didn't have to be sharpened. They reminded me every time they had trouble sharpening a pencil with my sharpener that only sharpened one side. This sounds very good--better than the kind they have to advance themselves. First graders aren't too good at that.
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Now that we've solved the pencil sharpening problem, I've also solved the problem of having pencils stay on desk (not on the floor). I was published last year for an idea in the Scholastic Teacher magazine.

I buy the big roll of velcro at the beginning of the year at Walmart. I then cut off 1/2-1 inch strips. I take the rough part and put it on the top corner of students' desks (on the right for righties and on the left side for lefties). Then you take the soft part and wrap it around the base of the eraser, right under the metal part. Then the kids always have a place to put their pencils and they don't roll off or end up on the floor (this was especially great when I was pregnant and couldn't bend over to constantly pick them up).
I hope this helps. Let me know if I need to clarify anything.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:54 PM
 
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Just ordered 5 dozen-hope that I don't run out this year! It seems that they disappear in my room.
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Old 08-04-2007, 10:56 AM
 
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Thank you for the pencil idea! I'm going to try it this year. Last year the kids drove me crazy with lost pencils.
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:58 PM
 
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Thank you very much for the tip. Pencil sharpening is a huge pet peeve. I love this idea!
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