Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The Best Pencils for the Classroom


Pencils are probably the single most used tools in the classroom. For something that is mostly bought in bulk, isn't funny that we can't seem to ever have enough! Students can really go through your pencil supply! I've found that depending on the brands you choose, some pencils actually do last much longer than most.

I have to warn you to stay away from the cutesy pencils that might match your classroom theme or the ones with cool messages on them - no matter how cute they are. By the way, if you know of any like these that are of good quality, please let me know!

Here are the best Pencils for the Classroom:


Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Graphite Pencils: These are best choice. They hardly ever break and the erasers are sturdy. Most other teachers love this brand too. They are also safe for classroom use: PMA certified non-toxic. Note: if you live in a third world country like me, there is risk involved if you buy them locally. True story: I bought some in bulk locally and those were terrible. I thought they were expired. After doing some research I learned that the company uses different wood sources and some are made in Mexico whereas some are made in China. Also, as a general rule, always choose the ones that say '100% American Cedar Wood' on the box. When I order them on Amazon, I get the best quality, no problems, because I get the choose the exact type I want.

This second option is also a good choice. The AmazonBasics pre-sharpened wood cased #2 HB pencils are presharpened. That would save you some time when you're filling pencil boxes for back to school.

If I come across any more pencils worth mentioning, I'll be adding them to the list.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!