Back To School Supplies

Back To School Supplies


As the end of summer break is in sight, it is time to get ready for school to start. The following are some back-to-school ideas, for yourself or for the other academics in your life…

Replenish your supply of pens. These write very well, especially for the price, and they take refills.

If you need a suitable way to keep track of the minutes ticking by as you make your way through the never-ending piles of papers to be graded, consider the Sisyphus Watch.

Unmess your bag.

A wall-mountable white board to keep your ideas and tasks in view, or to use during meetings with students, is a good addition to the office.

I have considered joining the standing desk craze. For a laptop, this looks like a good option. For a whole desk that moves up and down, this is reasonably priced and well-reviewed.  Either way, you’ll need something cushioning to stand on.

I’m a fan of the walking meeting — for office hours, chats with colleagues, and phone calls. For the latter, a good pair of noise-blocking earbuds with an in-line microphone is helpful. I have these, and they’re great (good on a plane, too).

Teaching ethics this semester? Liven up those thought experiments.

Winter is coming. Here’s a small, quiet, and effective space heater for your office. Because you can’t bring yourself to wear this at work. At least I hope you can’t.

For good coffee at home or the office, you’ll need your beans freshly ground. Here’s a good-quality-but-not-outrageously-priced burr grinder. (For beans see the ad in DN’s sidebar).

And of course, no gift list at Daily Nous would be complete without one of these simple pencil sharpeners.

Other back-to-school ideas?

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6 years ago

Surely it befits a philosopher to use a fountain pen named Avicenna.Report

HK Andersen
HK Andersen
6 years ago

Since Hagomoro is closing up shop, this is your last chance to stock up on “a chalk so amazing that no incorrect proof can be written using this chalk.”

http://boingboing.net/2015/06/16/get-fulltouchs-high-end-blac.htmlReport

Dani
Dani
6 years ago

I use an adjustable/standing desk due to an injury that makes sitting for long periods unbearable. If you don’t want to buy an entire new desk, this goes right on top of your existing one and is fully adjustable to different heights (I love mine): http://www.varidesk.com/Report

Alan White
6 years ago

I mark papers in pencil, and sometimes my–er–strong reactions to a student’s mistaken _____________ (use your well-informed imagination here) result in a snapped lead in my state-issued 0.5/0.7 mm mechanical pencils as I urgently press my _____________ replies to paper. Solution? Put more lead in that pencil!

http://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Quicker-Automatic-Assorted-PD349BP2-K6/dp/B0047CP93A/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1439419692&sr=8-9&keywords=09+mm+mechanical+pencil

Are those papers especially bad and/or are you working out too much?

http://www.m.amazon.com/Sketch-Mechanical-Pencil-1-8mm-Flat/dp/B00NYMK0MO

I own both. The Sketch Dudes 1.8 is almost a graphite crayon, but even Prof. Terminator could write back with it.Report

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

Full disclosure (?): These are DN referral links, from which I can only assume Justin (the site) makes money. If that’s not true, I’m happy to be corrected. If it is, it’d be nice to have it front-and-center.Report

Eric
6 years ago

Bad rec on the sharpener. The Integra is the ultrabook of sharpeners; could at least have upgraded to the Baumgartens, if not the KohINoor of pencil planes: http://www.amazon.com/Koh-I-Noor-Pencil-Sharpener-3-length-sharpener/dp/B0027A5C1S/ref=pd_sim_229_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1TCGY0RBAXNE8J3NKEER
–And I doubt the site makes money, as these are direct links to Amazon’s site, not referrals. You can give a cut to someone, and make it a good charity, at no expense to yourself if you Amazon: I’d recommend signing up with clinica verde at http://smile.amazon.com/ before purchase.Report