I wanted to publish a blog post before the new year so that y'all could see how COOL it is when WordPress makes everyone's blog "snow" when you visit it. (*insert heart eyes emoji*) ALSO, I've published several comics lately independent of this blog, and wanted you to be able to find them all in… Continue reading A Collection of My Latest Comics for Your Reading Pleasure, Vol. 1
When I get (what I consider) a good, solid idea for a comic, all I want to do is work on it. Dinner prep be damned! This particular idea came to me during a workshop I gave this past week through the UNH Professional Development & Training program on using comics, picture books, and graphic… Continue reading Stages of Edu-Twitter: A Comic
Hi friends--happy Spring**! If you follow my (somewhat inane) Twitter feed, you might be aware that I am currently knee-deep in a comic/graphic novel inquiry with a group of second and third graders. Most of these students had never tried writing a comic before this particular exploration, and yet they continue to blow me away daily with… Continue reading Comic: “What’s For Dinner?”
Two years ago this April, I wrote a post for The Educator Collaborative's Community Blog that articulated my feelings about the need for educators to offer their student writers more "freedom" in their compositional work. It was called "Math, Literacy, and the Need for More Blank Paper," and, upon rereading the post, I'm happy to… Continue reading The Limits of Primary Writing Journals
Hello friends! I was recently interviewed by Holly Korbey for a fantastic series she is writing for Mind/Shift called Books Teachers Share. It was so fun to talk to her about how Sunni Brown's The Doodle Revolution has shaped my thinking, both professionally and personally. It truly is a book that has changed my life for the… Continue reading Have You Joined the #DoodleRevolution?
Hello educator friends, Over the past several years--hell, for almost two decades now--I've been thinking a lot about how to express my discomfort with the dichotomous nature of a lot that we see, hear, and talk about in education. For example, I've written about growth mindset before here, and about the messages about learning we… Continue reading Hey Teach #3 (Comic)
I love comics. I haven't a clue how to make them, though. Here is my first attempt at one. Try not to be too judge-y. It took me, like, a month.
When I would sit on my Grammy's porch reading my Nancy Drew books, the soft summer breeze wafting through the screens, the scent of my Pop's lawn clippings mixing with the mildewy odor of my beloved mysteries, I remember how frequently I would peek forward to the next Rudy Nappi illustration, would use that next sketch of the… Continue reading The Mystery of the Disappearing Visual
..has not yet been realized. After all, I only began dipping my toe into these lovely waters two years ago, when I first read Katie Wood Ray's fantastic book on the subject, In Pictures and In Words: Teaching the Qualities of Good Writing Through Illustration Study (2010). But in that short amount of time, I have learned some… Continue reading Everything I’ve Learned about Illustration Study…