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    By AML

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    I have an electric pencil sharpener plugged in near my desk. My students (2nd grade) get 10 minutes in the morning, and 10 minutes after lunch to sharpen pencils. After those 10 minutes, I unplug the pencil sharpener and put it away. If they need to sharpen after that time, they either need to borrow from someone else in class or swap with me. Amazingly enough, my kids don't question the reasoning of "well, you can't sharpen your pencil right now because the pencil sharpener is put up". Not one has asked me to take it down. I also stay near the sharpener during the appointed sharpening time and weed out the kids with sharp pencils who just like to use the electric sharpener.


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