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The Nerdy Teacher: Stranger Than Fiction?
"took me 2 years & tons of leg work to create a Graphic Novel Class. (officially Pictorial Lit because community might be bothered by class w/ word graphic in it.) I saw a hole in curriculum for certain group of students & thought a class that had different offerings would appeal to them.<br />
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I teach Bone by Jeff Smith as an Epic Novel comparing it to The Odyssey, The Lord of the Rings & Star Wars. I also teach Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Maus by Art Spiegelman & graphic versions of Poe & Twain Short Stories. I also do a cool Dystopian Novel Unit using Watchmen, Dark Knight, V for Vendetta & Kingdom Come. Our textbook is Scott McLoud's Understanding Comics. It's been an an exciting class that is run no differently than any other literature based class. I'm constantly tweaking it & is better this year than it was last. It's time for curricula to change around the country. No longer are classics of my youth (high school in 90s) the classics of today's classroom."
fiction  teaching  classideas  graphicnovels  comics  literature  tcslj  reading  education  engagement 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero - How to Have an Idea [The sequence quoted here is like the difference between standardized testing and formative assessment.]
A computer's brain: "You bough socks on Amazon! You'll *love* these sock monkey dolls! (erm, no, I won't …)" [You scored in the top ten percent of kids in the nth grade nationally. You must be smart!]<br />
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Human brain: "You bought socks! This reminds me of this one time that my friend Mitch and I… (illogical, but hopefully meaningful)" [You helped out a classmate. And you mentioned how their predicament reminded you of something you struggled with over the summer, something that was completely unrelated except for the emotional reaction that it got out of you. Watching and helping your classmate gave you a better understanding of yourself and motivated you to share how you have changed. You are a thoughtful and caring person.]<br />
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"Our brains are not computers. Effectiveness is measured by the quality of the illogical connections, not logical ones."
creativity  howto  invention  mindmapping  frankchimero  brain  human  computing  ideas  thinking  tcslj  topost  to  share 
october 2010 by robertogreco

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