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When I started teaching middle school art, I inherited an amazing art room that contained some great and some not so great supplies. One of the not so great supplies was a classroom set of compasses. Many of them were broken and loose. Compasses are difficult to use when they’re in good condition and are especially difficult to use when they are defective. New compasses were on my supply list, and I couldn’t have been more excited to purchase new ones. I knew just the kind of compass I was going to purchase.
My favorite compass is the Safe-T Compass.
Dick Blick charges 1.50 for one or 12+ 1.37 and that’s without any additional discounts you receive. Sax sells them for $1.29
They are made with plastic and have no sharp points. Students don’t need to be using long sharp metal objects.
I have used the compasses when I taught elementary and currently use them with middle school students. Once you demonstrate how to use the compass, the students will be circle drawing machines. They beg to use them!
Not only can you draw circles but you can draw straight lines with the same tool, how convenient is that?
Starting with 1/8 inch up to 10 inches in diameter.
This YouTube Video has a quick demonstration of how this fabulous little tool actually works- Enjoy!
Have you ever used a Safe-T compass?
What is your favorite lesson to teach using a compass?
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