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A “Revisited” blog post indicates that I reread the original and used AI-assisted tools (e.g., Grammarly) to improve grammar and word choice.

First published on August 29, 2015.

DSCN8122I confess that I am addicted to buying office and school supplies and have been since I was a first-grader. With the beginning of classes imminent (and the deadline for Jane Hart’s top tools for learning survey on the horizon), it’s time to revisit my school toolbox. See Profhacker (and search “tools”) for the preferred tools of younger and more digitally oriented colleagues.

Here are my top 10 tools NONTECHNOLOGY learning tools for razing the bars  (homophone intended— I toyed with the idea of writing this blog piece entirely in homophones AND publishing an audio version!)—i.e., for liberating the potential of students and me from barriers that impede learning:

  1. An assortment of number two pencils, plenty of erasers, and some G2 bold-thickness pens. (Yes, I COULD use a stylus with my iPads).
  2. An assortment of highlighters. Yes, I am aware of the research about the efficacy of highlighting for studying.
  3. Moleskin-like notebooks. (Yes, I am aware of the online capabilities.)
  4. Small legal pads at my desks at home and school.
  5. My iPod nano and my Loksak splashsak fanny pack (I like to listen to NPR and podcasts)
  6. A Dymo label maker and an assortment of paper file folders.
  7. A Rolodex for keeping track of my myriad different web page and email logins
  8. Printed copies of books. See my PsycCRITIQUES review “Lego ergo sum.”
  9. Time is protected against distractions, interruptions, and distractions. I prefer to use self-discipline rather than using electronic defenses against distractions.
  10. My mind (whose thinking ability always needs sharpening). Fortunately, I have frequent stimulating interactions with faculty colleagues, trustee friends, alums, students, and you, my non-RSS reader.