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retro comics:

Posted in comics with tags , , , on July 29, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

Like I mentioned earlier in the week, I was a floating teacher for my first year’s worth of real teaching in Ohio and I think I did passably well under the circumstances… but by the end:

At this point, I had pretty well decided to devote the majority of my drawing time to comics about my job during the next school year. Believe it or not, one of the big deciding factors for this was being told I would have my own classroom in the 2009/2010 school year. Although it barely comes across in the past year’s worth of strips, I thought it would be better to do a strip with more background continuity than I would have had if I was still a traveling teacher.

retro comics: traveling teacher

Posted in comics with tags , , on July 27, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

During my first year of teaching at the high school where I currently work, I schlepped around the place with all my textbooks on a cart. This was my schedule:

When I say being a floating teacher was great, I could have probably gone into more detail. I think I did a VERY good job that year, keeping lessons interesting and varied while still running a marathon up, down, and across that building for nine and a half months.

I also realize that people cut me a lot of slack. I didn’t have the same types of evaluations as other teachers did because of the constraints I had on my time and environments. It’s hard to give someone advice on their classroom environment when it changes six times a day. The teachers with whom I shared my classrooms with were, in a word, spectacular. They were helpful and nice and only one was outwardly resentful at having to breathe the same air as me! Honestly, I would use the classrooms of teachers when they had their prep periods… can you imagine? You’ve got 40-odd minutes of peace and quiet on your schedule and IN walks Mr. Loud from New York City and disturbs your much-needed calm time!

Anyhow, there was something about this part of my life that was too big for my sketchbook. I had to get out a piece of Bristol board and chart the whole day out… and that was, I think, another important piece of bringing together all the elements into the teacher comic I’ve been doing for the past year.