Hey everyone, here’s my September comic from Ohio Schools Magazine. It’s some advice to new teachers.
A rather long comic about where my head is round now in regards to teaching non-fiction. Two notes:
– Here’s where I pulled that statistic. While I don’t disagree with the findings, I hope the comic illuminates a little why I find implementing them frustrating.
– In the last panel, Henry is asking for “a witch book.” He’s referring to The Witch Saga by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, of which we read the first book, Witch’s Sister, to the boys. The author is mostly known these days as the writer of Shiloh but I think the Witch books are due for a resurgence in popularity soon. They’re uniformly fantastic
Every year, I do a Halloween drawing of my family on social media. This year, I took a page from one of my favorite Stephen King books (‘Salem’s Lot is definitely in my Top Three). I was a little dubious about this being THE Halloween drawing, since it doesn’t directly connect to the season, but whatever!
I’m trying something a little different right now with these one-offs. I’m going to do my best to simply capture conversation between students and myself. No commentary, no big picture thoughts on the state of education… just chatting with students.
I’m gonna try to do at least one of these a week from here on out. Wish me luck!
I hope this isn’t too downbeat a comic to post on the day when most folks are heading back to school but I’ve been looking for a way to engage with the bad and (I want to stress) the potentially good stuff about my job as an inner city teacher. It’s safe to say that my frustration last year lead me to almost abandon doing comics full-time. Consider this a tentative step toward more comic productivity.
I thought I’d post up a few pages of Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide for everyone to look at. They look so great! You can see that they insides mimic a real notebook, right down to the lined pages.