What so impressed me with the conversation today was how quickly this guy repurposed routine gym equipment. I thought, as the guy was talking to me, how can educators repurpose routine materials in education?
Take the pencil. You and I doodle. Admit it. The pencil is the outlet of creative something in our head that makes it way to paper. Teachers hate the doodlers because students aren't paying attention, or are they? How else can a pencil be repurposed?
Observe the sheet of paper. Fold it and you have a measuring tool. Fold it again and again and you have an airplane. Deliver it with writing and you have a note. Students know the lined paper to take notes, but what else could they do with it?
The common three ring binder used to house notes, projects, worksheets, and writing might have other uses. Each of the three rings could be used to aggregate any number of important artifacts. So, rather than have three rings holding one thing, each ring could hold three different things. What else could a three ring binder hold?
Flexible thinking, seeing common problems in new ways, helps us to solve complex problems by repurposing common objects to meet new needs. As a teacher, how do you repurpose everyday learning tools to help students learn deeply?