Teachable Moments

A journal comic by Chris Pearce

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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.

Doctor Who has been a regular visitor on my board but with last week’s debut of The Twelfth Doctor, I thought it was time to work back through the faces of The Doctor chronologically. Interestingly enough, one week is long enough to capture all the “NuWho” cast.

I don’t know if my classroom is an isolated case, but I would describe my students’ excitement about the show as pretty high. I have three or four Whovians in each of my six periods of instruction.

I don’t normally toot my own horn but I really like how The War Doctor came out. 

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It’s just about that time, folks. I’ll be posting new comics strips about my adventures in teaching starting Tuesday, September 2nd. I’ve been back in my classroom since mid-August but as Labor Day seems to be the dividing line between summer and school days for most people, I always hold up rolling out a new run of comics until then. 

This is going to be an interesting year for quite a few reasons. In addition to my regular course load of 9th and 12th grade classes, I’m teaching a new course this year, Honors English III. It’s a survey of American literature which means (among other very exciting prospects) I finally get the chance to teach The Great Gatsby for the first time in my career. That I’m excited about the prospect tells you just about all you need to know about me, I suppose.

On the less sunny side,  my school district is in the middle of dealing with several dicey issues, both educational and economic. Those aspects of my work life will work their way into the strips, I have no doubt. 

I’d like to remind the new readers and the simply curious of some of the parameters I consider when drawing comics about my students.

Comics are posted on a four-day-a-week schedule, Monday through Thursday. As always, I’d love to entertain questions from readers concerning just about every aspect of what I present here. In the past, I’ve used many of those “asks” as grist for the comic-making mill and I imagine that will remain the case this year. Ask a question: it could become a comic!

Comic making is a hobby of mine but I like to use these strips to highlight my school, my students as well as my teaching. If you enjoy the comics and are looking for a way to support the school, please consider the following:

My DonorsChoose page (make a small donation)

My Classroom’s Amazon Wish List 

Of course, the best (and least expensive) way to support the comic is to share it around Tumblr and beyond. Please like, reblog, and recommend to your friends!

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I told you I’d be bugging you about this sooner rather than later…

Here are my two new DonorsChoose projects for your perusal.

College Bound Students Need New Reading Opportunities - This project is a refresher for my classroom lending library (a little of which you can see in this post). Included in this DC project are authors like John Green, Joe Hill, Daniel Handler, and Rainbow Rowell among others. I also included some Doctor Who novels as a vociferous contingent of my student body are constantly asking me for Who books. I currently have none in my library; hopefully this project gets funded and will correct that oversight.

Using Play-Doh to Teach Sculpting and Drawing After School! - This one might seem weird, but stick with me for a moment. Hasbro is offering a matching grant wherein they’ll give a 50% match to any project wherein Play-Doh makes up 50% of the total cost of materials ordered. Following those rules, I asked for $100 dollars worth of Play-Doh (which I promise I will be able to find use for…) but the other $100 would go to buy art supplies like Micron pens, non-photo pencils, and other materials that my students use when assembling our yearly literary ‘zine. It seemed worth a shot! Hopefully the matching funds will kick in next week.

If you’d like to help in the next four days, use the code INSPIRE and DonorsChoose will double your donation!

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aronnelssteinke:

My experience is only based on charter schools in Oregon. Charter laws are different from state to state.

The one year I worked for a charter school here in Southwest Ohio, we were so unbelievably poor; I honestly thought things would never get any better. We were lucky that a friend of the family gave us a break on rent, otherwise for sure we would have been homeless.

aronnelssteinke:

My experience is only based on charter schools in Oregon. Charter laws are different from state to state.

The one year I worked for a charter school here in Southwest Ohio, we were so unbelievably poor; I honestly thought things would never get any better. We were lucky that a friend of the family gave us a break on rent, otherwise for sure we would have been homeless.

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Any teachers out there on Tumblr have experience with using The Collins Writing Program in your classrooms? We had some training on it in my school district last year and the 2014-2015 school year is my first rolling it out. I’m curious to hear folks’ opinions on it!

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Just wanted to let everyone know that the DonorsChoose project I’ve been doing the full-court press on over the last few weeks was funded last night! What a great thing to wake up to this Sunday morning.

Thanks to everyone here who helped or reblogged the project. You’re the best. If you didn’t get a chance to help, I’m sure I’ll have another one up there pretty soon and I’ll let y’all know about it:)

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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.

I decided to do an all Mario week but wussed out at the end end drew a Luigi. I guess I got bored with it because I stopped playing video games with any regularity in the mid 1990’s and that’s right around where these Mario drawings peter out.

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teachmoments:

teachmoments:

Woke up to find an anonymous donor had given some money toward my DonorsChoose project!

If there’s anyone out there looking to support a classroom, my project to refresh my classroom lending library’s graphic novel section is getting closer than ever to being filled. Please check it out!

I’m a little over $100 dollars away from getting this project funded! Help if you can!!

Guys! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a half-off matching grant for my graphic novel project THIS WEEKEND ONLY. If somebody(s) pledge a total of $57 dollars this weekend, ol’ Microsoft Billy will pony up the other $57 bucks! Help if you can and share if you can’t!

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Ellen and I are watching the first season of Masters of Sex on DVD. We’re enjoying the show for the most part but… man, is the opening credits sequence TERRIBLE.

Like, I get what they’re doing. It’s the inverse of the opening to Dexter, showing how sexuality exists in the everyday. I understand it. I just don’t like it.