This year, though, I’m going against my own advice regarding our drawing materials.
The first time I taught sixth grade, I switched to the thinner Rembrandt Polycolor pencils. Many of my students held onto their thicker Lyra Ferby pencils right through eighth grade and used them quite a bit. I also often found myself longing for the vibrant color of the Ferby’s and would pull them out on occasion. My son’s teacher decided he liked them so much more that he stuck with them right through eighth grade.
So, this year I decided to continue using the thicker Lyra Ferbys. Maybe we’ll switch next year, but for now I am very pleased with my decision and I can’t wait to get drawing with my students!