Teachable Moments

A journal comic by Chris Pearce

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bigdirkmalone asked: I'm a big fan of the Garfield Halloween Special. Have you heard of the debate that when it first aired the ghosts followed Garfield and Odie home ? I don't remember it from when I watched as a kid, but I don't really trust my memory. Supposedly it is in the book (I'll have to check mine when I'm home). Any insight?


You don’t trust your memory, and experience has taught us to rarely trust reviews on Amazon, but this one sounds “too sure” to be wrong:

Once Garfield and Odie return home after their scary adventure they are about to walk up the sidewalk to their house when they notice that the ghost pirates have followed them home. Scared, they both race up a tree with their candy as the ghosts circle the base of the tree waiting for them to come down. While up on a branch Garfield asks Odie why they are still after them but then notices that there is a gold coin in one of the Halloween sacks. Garfield then takes it and drops it down to the ghosts. They smile upon seeing the coin and vanish, after which Garfield and Odie are safely able to go into the house.

I have a feeling that this scene may have been taken out of the DVD release so as to not scare little kids into thinking that ghosts can follow them home. Still, I kind of feel bad the scene was taken out as it was a very memorable scene. But if you can live with the edited version, I strongly suggest you buy this set as they are just great.

I can’t say I remember one way or the other, though. I do have some of the old school airings on VHS… I’ll see if I can dig them up!

I’ve never seen this scene animated, but I know it’s a part of the Garfield in Disguise book adaptation. Maybe that’s the confusion? There are a couple of other slight differences between the book and the animated special.

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In a way, the great thing about Batman is that there are so many of him that you can usually find one you like. Often, it’s the one that was current when you began following the character. But though you like the Batman of one decade, you may well despise (and not recognize the validity of) the Batman of some other decade. If you’ve been a fan of the character for forty years, you probably hate half of them.

Mark Evanier, in reference to John Green’s recent video, “I Kind of Hate Batman”

In general, I very much like John Green’s vlogs. So do many of my students… which is why this particular effort annoyed me.

It is VERY clear that most of Green’s argument about Batman being terrible for Gotham is being made from and about the various Batman movies, especially the recent Christopher Nolan flicks. Green specifically mentions villains who want to “watch the world burn” and massive property damage, both associated with The Dark Knight.

Green knows enough about his viewers to throw in a winking “…there are some great graphic novels” reference in toward the end there, but I feel like it’s disingenuous. I don’t know much about Green’s reading habits but from the tone and tenor of the video, it’s not a big leap to deduce the guy’s not a regular reader of Batman comics and probably doesn’t have a lot of knowledge of the best they have to offer, much of which has addressed some of his problems and issues.

Having said that, I guess the video was designed to piss people off/cause debate so… there you go. Mission accomplished. For the record, my Batman is a little bit of the ‘89 Tim Burton flick and a LOT of Batman: The Animated series which, as Evanier says, was the one that was current when I began following the character. Go figure!

Filed under batman john green mark evanier

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I draw a picture of myself on my classroom’s chalkboard everyday. I collect those pictures as camera phone photos and post them on Sundays. See the rest here.

A belated beginning to the Halloween chalkboard countdown… I’ve been missing so many days due to professional developments and other nonsense! Next week’s not looking too promising either (students out Monday, I’m out of the classroom on Tuesday) but hopefully we can keep the monsters a’coming.

Filed under chalkboard drawings halloween dracula wolfman the mummy

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned


I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

The author’s key takeaways:

  1. Students sit all day, and sitting is exhausting.
  2. High school students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes.
  3. You feel a little bit like a nuisance all day long.

The whole post is worth reading. She reflects on what she would do differently in the classroom to address her three takeaways.

This is totally important.

(via bebrilliantgo)

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Halloween Display 2014, y’all! New additions include:

The LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto 1 set, which was a real splurge for me… but seeing as we already have the gigantic LEGO Haunted House, it was a situation where I couldn’t resist.

Uncle Deadly from The Muppets action figure line, made by the now sadly defunct Palisades Toys. He comes with a little ghost and skull. The Muppets toys were pretty incredible - I wish I had collected them when they were originally on toy shelves back in the day.

Samhain from Mattel’s Retro Action line of Real Ghostbusters toys. I got him for like $4 bucks in New York this summer. Seeing as Samhain is the “Great Pumpkin” ghostly embodiment of Halloween, I have him haunting Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Elliot and Henry loaned the display their Munsters action figures. They’re pretty big fans of watching the show on Netflix. The small Munsters Koach is mine, a gift from my parents last Christmas.

There are also a couple of zombies from The Walking Dead livening up the Universal Monsters display.

Filed under halloween halloween decorations LEGO ghostbusters LEGO haunted house uncle deadly samhain the real ghostbusters the munsters

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Watch Jan Hooks And Phil Hartman In The Weird, Gorgeous Love Is A Dream

This is my absolute favorite Jan Hooks piece from SNL. When I was a kid, I thought that she and Phil Hartman were in love because of this.