Every year on my class’s final exam, I give my students the same bonus question. For two extra points on the exam, they have to draw a picture of me on the back of their test booklet. I take my favorites out of all those drawings, frame them, and hang them in the Mr. Pearce Art Gallery.
Everyday from now until the beginning of the school year, I’ll be posting these beauties. Today’s effort is a mash-up that’s definitely getting framed.
Bar none, these are my favorite comics that anyone’s doing right now. If you’re an educator, these are totally awesome and relatable. I have the first two minis and they’re fantastic. Get on board, teachers!
As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget). Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby. Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.
Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies. In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped. I am in awe of the teachers in this community. After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year. If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist. If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.
So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.
It’s hard to believe it’s almost time to go back for another year! Please remember, even a small purchase off a teacher’s wish list can make a huge contribution to students. Also (and this is me speaking from experience here) an unexpected classroom gift can absolutely make a teacher’s day.
(Also, if you are a benevolent soul and at all a fan of my chalkboard drawings during the school year, I could reeeeeeally use some new Chalk Ink Wet Wipe markers…)
These strips are about ten years old, during a time when I had just graduated with my Masters’ degree and had yet to find a permanent teaching position. I moved back in with my parents and commenced a regular routine of substitute teaching. During that year, a friend of mine from college was in a car accident and died.
I was happy with the way these comics came out at the time and they (more or less) hold up today, capturing the sadness, confusedness, and honestly, some of the gallows humor of having to put someone you care about into the ground far too early.
I don’t hang out with any of my college friends anymore. Facebook and Instagram have done their jobs of keeping us all completely in each others’ business while distancing us immeasurably. Jen’s funeral will probably be the last time I’ll ever be with that exact group of people who meant so much to me during my formative years… and I’m glad I have some comics about them.
Saying “Yoink!” legally gives you possession of the item which you’ve yoinked.
I just want to go on record here as saying while I realize this is an incomplete list, they left out my personal favorite “yoink”, when a guy yoinked the diamond from Lenny’s tooth in “Last Exit to Springfield.”