I am a complete gearhead. I love gear. Part of my obsession is I love the outdoors. Many sports in the outdoors require specialized gear. If you want to downhill ski, you need ski gear. If you want to cross-country ski, you need another type of ski gear. Whitewater kayak? More gear. Backpack? Still more gear. Bouldering? Thankfully, very little gear. Gear, gear, gear. That is why Mr. UpCyclist wants the toy-hauling RV pictured here. More room to store our family's collective gear.
Now, before you judge (or applaud), I like gear because it has a purpose. It doesn't just take up space (although, I certainly have gear that gets used less often - like my ice crampons for climbing glaciers). Typing that line makes me miss teaching in Ecuador. Sigh.
Thankfully, my profession includes teaching gear! My favorite two places to purchase teaching gear is Training Wheels and Experiential Tools. I'm serious when I say, I could forego just about any material item in exchange for gear from either of those online stores. Not that I'm hinting around for my upcoming April birthday (ha!), I'm just trying to save you time when you are looking for teaching gear to use with your students. Both online storefronts offer the most creative teaching gear I've seen. I own my fair share of items from both stores. These miniature metaphors are too cute and useful. How smart are these button conversation starters? I just used this body parts debrief in my class; my students thought it was uber-creative and memorable. I really cannot get enough of this deck of Chiji cards. It is my go-to item. Oh, and wait until you see the new teaching gear from Sue! She's brilliant and just created her own deck of curiosity cards. After I buy a set, I'll review them right here on the ole' blog.
Now, it's your turn. What is your favorite gear - teaching or not? I'd love to hear.
All the best, fellow gearhead,
PS - I just noticed this! Now, that's a creative piece of gear.