When you're not catching a glimpse of the sunset, you'll also find something very interesting in the pencil cases of many students: box cutters. That's right, instead of a conventional pencil sharpener, most kids use razors to sharpen their pencils or pencil crayons. It's crazy and it caught me off guard when I saw one of my elementary students take one out of his pencil case. That was a long time ago when I first started, so now it's old hat to me. But it is really weird seeing a student hunched over the garbage can, sharpening a pencil by shaving it with a box cutter.
Hey, why let the students have all the fun? If they can have UV light pens, I can too. So why not add a box cutter to my desk drawer? This was already in my desk when I started the job. I now know why it was there...to sharpen pencils! My students have their "pencil sharpeners" in an assortment of colors. Mine just looks like a box cutter (also known as a pen knife in Singapore--thanks lu!).
Would you want your child going to school with this in their pencil case?
By the way, Happy April Fool's Day!
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