Maybe not quite as exciting as the series finale of St. Elsewhere, but definitely as exciting as the last episode of Grey's Anatomy. (Except no one's phantom limb is acting up.)
This is really important information. Especially if you're like me.
You're like me and you let students use the electric pencil sharpener.
Usually it's not a problem.
And when they attempt to sharpen said pencil, this is what happens.
But all is not lost. Oh, no! All is not lost.
Here's what you do (AFTER you unplug your sharpener):
Step 1: Unplug the sharpener. Don't forget. We don't want any real ER visits.
Step 2: Select a quality paperclip. Well, any metal clip from any store will do. Large paperclips work best. (Not gigantic, but not those small ones either.)
Step 3: Uncoil the paper clip. Not the whole thing. Just make a little sword of sorts.
Step 4: Stick the paper clip sword into the completely obliterated eraser remnant. You have to press the clip far enough into the eraser so that you get some friction!
Step 5: Carefully extract the... ahem... pencil. (If you even call it that!)
Many teachers may say, "That's why I don't let kids use the electric sharpener!"
You're not wrong.
But now that you've taken this extremely technical correspondence course... perhaps you'll reconsider? ;)