Archive for October, 2012

2012-2013 school year: books relate to real life situations!

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , , on October 31, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Hope everyone has a good Halloween!


2012-2013 school year: back to the book room

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags on October 30, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Another comic about the hellhole that is our department’s book room was drawn here back in 2009.

Here’s a close-up of the first panel:

2012-2013 school year: once upon a state mandated learning process dreary…

Posted in 2012-2013 school year, the raven with tags , , , , on October 29, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I think I’ll have a LOT more to say about the Common Core Standards Initiative but for now this’ll do.

I did a couple of Raven themed comics at the beginning of this comic, check ’em out.


Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Still taking this week off from producing new work, but I thought I’d mention to everyone: I’ve been posting OLD comics on my Tumblr blog for the past few days. I’m talking… like 10 years old in most cases. Looking at how bad I used to me will give you a newfound appreciation for how good I am now, right? RIGHT?

Seriously though, I’m not trying to run myself down. The comics I’m posting over there are fun but they have next to nothing to do with teaching. Since this is ostensibly a blog about teacher comics during the school year, I didn’t want to muddy the waters.

You should check out what I’m posting over there though. I posted a Harry Potter comic today.

a confluence of events

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

…including but not limited to the end of the first quarter marking period, grading 9th graders’ sustained silent reading projects, an impromptu trip to Western New York, the oncoming Halloween holiday… and other events have lead me to decide that taking a week off from posting teaching comics would be a good idea.

Let’s all meet back here next Monday for some new stuff, OK? Thanks!

odds and ends: sustained silent reading cake

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , on October 19, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

During the first quarter of school, I give the kids a very general sustained silent reading project. Students are asked to pick a book for leisure reading that they’ve never read before… a book they know they will enjoy.

They are then asked, over the course of a few weeks’ time, to produce “a work of art” relating to their book. I purposely make the guidelines general because I want to give students the freedom to interpret the word “art” to their own understanding.

In the years I’ve been doing this SSR project, I’ve received delicately shaded pencil drawings. I’ve graded GIGANTIC paintings. I’ve examined elaborate sculptures and dioramas. I thought I’d seen everything… but I’ve never had someone turn in a cake for a grade before this week.

One of my students read Witch and Wizard by James Patterson and decided to make this cake as his art. The cake is chocolate with purple frosting and orange highlights and the hand with the magical fireball is done in Rice Krispie Treats and covered with fondant.

Seriously, I love my job. I love that I did something to inspire a kid to do this. He’s been bragging about it all week and he could not have been more proud to show this off and serve it up to his classmates. I couldn’t have been more proud of him… and I told James Patterson so. Check it out:

2012-2013 school year: coming home is impossible

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on October 18, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’ve done a couple of comics on Homecoming before, but it’s a whole different ballgame comparing Freshman to Seniors. Freshman don’t really seem to care all that much. It’s a bit of fun to them. It’s serious business to 12th graders.