Haven't had much to post about on here, everything has been great with students so it seems a bit silly to toot my own horn on that end. (irony of that statement is not lost on me.)
However! In the last two weeks I got a whiteboard which was actually really awesome. I never thought I would get excited about a whiteboard and some dry erase markers, but they make explaining concepts SO much better than paper/pen drawings. I take my whiteboard to all of my sessions and I get to use it at least 5 or 6 times every session which is great.
The first key was that I had to get a backpack large enough to carry a good sized whiteboard, then it took me three trips to different Staples stores to find a whiteboard in NYC. Really Staples?? You don't have whiteboards in every store?? Well, after jumping over that hurdle I've been able to make great examples and explain concepts even more easily.
I'm thinking about getting a smartphone or bringing a camera with me to each lesson so I can photograph every illustration for my students so they aren't lost to them. While memory is great, having a picture that they can refer to on their computer or phone is a significant upgrade, so now the question is do I get a smartphone or should I just go with a camera?