Comic Strips: WB 2 Skool Stdnts



Well it is the start of a new school year with a fresh crop of students and situations that can be the basis of my comic strips. If you do not know, I am the editor of the afterschool program’s newsletter. I just finished putting the first edition of the 2016-17 newsletters together and sent it out to the parents. Even though it’s a lot of work while I look for a teaching position and work as an Early Childhood educator (ECE), I enjoy doing it yet my favourite part is creating the comic strip.   I always use the students of the senior grade 5s as my inspiration for the comics. I will draw every grade five in the program as a fun cartoon caricature.

Many of the other children ask why don’t I use the other grades too. I tell them that these students are the graduating class and they deserve their moment. Also it is hard enough trying to draw 15 – 18 students and place them into 8 – 10 comic strips, just imagine 120. Therefore I had to limit the amount I can draw.
I use many different themes to inspire me to create the comic such as the difference in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents. Yet there are some themes that are universal to all generations.
This month centres on the first day of school. Yes that amazing day when you have to go back to the salt mines, I mean classroom and begin a fresh new year of learning and discovery.   We have all felt that horrid feeling that the summer is over and you have to wake up early each morning and go to your cell, I mean classroom, ha, ha. Not everyone is of that opinion many enjoy school. A place where you can learn new and interesting things, a place where discovery is encouraged.
In this new world of technology, teachers are looking to different ways of engaging their students. How does the old saying go? “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” That saying is no more prevalent than with this comic. With texting in full flight everywhere you go it is only natural that the students are using it as well.   Texting is the medium where spelling is not that important to cut down on the number of characters. Many times I have debated with other teachers about the value of spelling correctly and weather texting abbreviations should be acceptable in the classroom. Sometimes you just need to speak in their language to get the message across. Or in some cases texting.
I hope you enjoy Comic Strips: WB 2 Skool Stdnts and I wonder if you where in the same situation as these students were at work?



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