An Amazing Pencil Sharpener!

IMG_1659We have a new colleague on our personalized learning team, and she introduced us to an amazing pencil sharpener.

Can you really get excited about a great pencil sharpener? Well, if you’re a teacher, the answer is a definitive “yes.”

My students call it the “old fashioned” pencil sharpener because it is not electric. That is part of the appeal for me–no high pitch grinding noise. Also, it will not eat your pencils. It grips the pencil and sharpens it to a sharp point, and no more. This is not a paid endorsement šŸ™‚


Like coloring books, there is something therapeutic about sharpening a bunch of pencils all at once.

The brand is: CARL ANGEL-5 Pencil Sharpener. “The Original Quality.”

The Six Syllable Types: Open Syllables

jpg_seeBefore summer break, I started a series on the six basic syllable types. I blogged generally on the six types, and on closed syllablesĀ and more on closed syllables. Today I am resuming with open syllables.

As a refresher, the logic behind teaching syllable types is that it helps take the mystery out of reading, especially for students with reading disabilities. Students are given the tools to attack a word, and break it down into smaller, readable parts.

Open Syllables:

  • End in one vowel.
  • The vowel sound is long.

Examples of open syllables are: hi, so, he, she, try, siĀ·lent (ā€œsiā€ is open), reĀ·pent, byĀ·line.

The Exceptions: The a can make the schwa sound as in AĀ·lasĀ·ka. The i can make the short i sound as in comĀ·pliĀ·cate.

Next week we will look at vowel-consonant-e syllables.

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More



I have seen some breathtakingĀ sunsets this fall season. If you are a regular reader, I will beĀ resuming an educational post once I week. IĀ hope the informationĀ helps!

ā€œLearning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.ā€ Ā  Ā ā€• Abigail Adams