I apologize for being in my boxers in this comic.
Archive for January, 2010
Not to cram it down anyone’s eyeballs, but DonorsChoose just did something really helpful for people like me who like to cart out their projects for folks by letting us pick a normal URL for our Giving Pages. Before I had to cut and paste a whole field of numbers and backslashes that I couldn’t commit to memory if I were some kind of genius.
I am not some kind of genius. If you want to check out my projects, here’s the easy-to-remember address:
…and I’ll add it as a link somewhere on the site this weekend (along with the long-promised list of comic sites) so I can stop with these incessant reminders.
…uh, that’s a sow’s ear I’m holding in the first panel, in case my great artwork has blinded you momentarily. Yep. It sure is.
It won’t be reflected in the comic for a week or two, but we’re done with Animal Farm and moving on to “Romeo & Juliet” as of this past week.
I don’t like to be crass, but COME ON! The first scene in “Romeo & Juliet” is unbelievably packed with bawdy jokes and, of course, the immortal “bite my thumb at them” exchange. It’s such an amazingly vulgar hook for the kids that I always use it on the first day of reading.
Something I drew wrote five seconds before everyone came in on the day I teach blank verse. Let me just say, I am aware that if you parse out the first line, it’s one syllable long. Was I aware of it when I wrote it on the board? Heck no. I just kind of taught around it.
I struggled a lot with yesterday’s comic. The aim was to draw something about the idea that when you correct a scantron test, it’s immediately obvious how your kids did on the test by the loud noise the machine makes as it corrects their marks.
Sometimes you slide a test through the machine and you hear one click and you think “Awesome! Johnny did a good job on this week’s vocabulary test!” Other times you send it through and it sounds like yesterday’s strip.
Yesterday’s comic focused on the negative a little too much and it bugged me until I remembered this morning that I actually DID a scantron comic about four or five years back. While I had completely forgotten about it when I drew the more recent of the two strips, you can see I lifted aspects of the old strip whole cloth for the new one.
I feel like this is a better representation of what I was trying to communicate with yesterday’s strip, so I thought I’d post this one here for comparison. I think it’s interesting (and sort of sad) that I did a better comic about teaching when I was substituting back in 2004 than I did in 2010 as a teacher with five years experience.