Friday Two Cents: The Craziest Things: I Wonder


Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

I use many different themes to inspire me to create the comic. Some include the difference in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents.  Yet, this month, I cannot ignore the situation that is enveloping the world at this moment: the Covid-19 pandemic.  

In many circles, I have been talking to teachers about how this isolation will affect the students, not only in the classroom setting, but as persons within society.  On many occasions, parents and teachers have discussed how the current generation of students show signs of entitlement and not being connected with life in general. I have often observed how the students take for granted the simple things, like going outside for recess.  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard students say that they would rather be indoors for recess instead of going outside, even on beautiful, sunny days.  

This pandemic has basically given the students what they wanted.  They are at home.  They can play games, video games, read, draw, and do anything and everything they want to except go to school, which many have said that they dislike.  But, as parents are pulling out their hair trying to engage them in school work and other activities at home, the students are not happy.  

Why is that? They got what they wanted.  They are inside playing and not doing any work, and there is no school.  Some are even riding their bikes now with the nicer weather.  So what is it? 

This reminds me of that proverb …

“Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” 

Yes, they got what they wanted.  Now the only question is, “What will they learn from this experience?

I wonder. 

I hope you enjoy June’s comic, The Craziest Things: I Wonder.

 

Comic Strips: Wearing A Mask


 Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

I use many different themes to inspire me to create the comic. Some include the difference in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents.  Yet this month I cannot ignore the situation that is enveloping the world at this moment, the Covid-19 pandemic.  

However I am the eternal optimist, with a positive demeanour.  Add to this mix, a dry English whit and you can see how I can land into trouble on more than one occasion.  Today being May the 4th, in many circles they call it Star Wars day (may the force be with you), I thought of a situation where a bit of sarcasm and dare I say humour during these hard times may bring a laugh or two.  I will say nothing more about the comic this month and let you simply enjoy it.  

I hope you enjoy May’s comic The Craziest Things: Wearing A Mask; and May the 4th Be With You. 

600th Post – Comic Strips: Online Learning


 Amazing! Who would have imagined when I started this blog back in November 2012, that I would be posting my 600th article.  It seems fitting that I am posting a piece of art that was inspired by the people and students around me (not literally, social distancing and all).   

Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

The Covid-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of daily life, including the classroom.  With all the schools closed because of the pandemic, the education system is adjusting to accommodate the students and teachers to continue the learning, but online.  There have been may challenges but everyone is getting use to the new reality.  

Yet in the end, kid will be kids.  Not matter how much technology you add and remove the human element out of the equation, students will be themselves.  

I hope you enjoy April’s The Craziest Things: Online Learning.

Comic Strips: Cursive Writing


 Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

I use many different themes to inspire me to create the comic. Some include the difference in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents.  This is where I get my inspiration this month.  

On many occasions the students ask me how I can write and print letters so well.  They also ask me how to write certain words in cursive writing.  For cursive writing has been removed from the curriculum.  Many students do not know how to write this way but on some occasions I have taught it as part of an art lesson.  The students love the different way to write but there are times when the modern world does not translate smoothly with time honoured traditions.  

I hope you enjoy March’s The Craziest Things: Cursive Writing.

Comic Strips: I Love Chocolate


 Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

Valentine’s day is special for many reasons and has different means to everyone you talk to.  Some use this time to express their love and affection to someone else or to reaffirm it.  There is one thing I have noticed, that transcends the generations.  The special treats that are abundant for this celebration of love.  Wherever you go and whom ever you talk to, many people give and consume special treats and meals during Valentines’s Day.  

Yet how far would some go to get those treats.  Again this may be something that transcends the generations.  

I hope you enjoy February’s The Craziest Things: I Love Chocolate.

Comic Strips: Complain, Complain, Complain


 Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

Going back to work or school after winter break is difficult for many people.  Yet many look forward to getting back into a routine.  For some there are other reasons. 

I find it fascinating how parents underestimate their influence on their children.  Many think that playing with them, helping them with their homework or directly spending time with them is the only direct influence they have on them.  Yet it’s the times that they do not that might have the most influence.  Parents are always surprised at how much their children pick up when they think that they are not listening.  I have seen this in many classrooms.  You can tell right away when the students are talking about something in the real world, that there might be a parental influence there.  

I hope you enjoy January’s The Craziest Things: Complain, Complain, Complain.

Comic Strips: The Policy


 Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

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The “Me Too” moment came out of the entertainment industry and has grown to span the globe.  Its effects can be felt in different fields and why not in the professional sports fields such as the National Hockey League. Students today are inundated with information on every media outlet there is on the ongoing developments.  Entertainment, politics and now sports.  How far will their minds push this movement and belief.    

I hope you enjoy December’s The Craziest Things: The Policy.

Comic Strips: I Can’t Wait


 Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

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These days the students are very aware of their place in the world.  With the internet, global issues such as climate change and pollution are things that they know more about than previous generations.  Yet for all their knowledge and limitless information they turn out to be as human as any child at their age from any generation. 

  I hope you enjoy November’s The Craziest Things: I Can’t Wait.

Comic Strips: You’ll Be Next


 Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

I use many different themes to inspire me to create the comic. Some include the difference in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents. Other times I use situations that inspire me from the real world and I then simply create a scene.  Yet the majority of my inspiration comes from real life situations that I experience with the students.  

October’s comic focus on Halloween.  In many schools they celebrate Halloween in different ways.  Most of the times the students dress up and have a little party in their classroom.  Many of the teachers also get into the spirit and decorate their class or the door.  Yet what would happen if the decorating went to a whole new level.  

  I hope you enjoy October’s The Craziest Things: You’ll Be Next.

Friday Two Cents: Comic Strips: Being Prepared


Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

This is my tenth year creating my comic strip and in that time I use many different themes to inspire me in creating it. Some include the differences in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents. Other times I use situations that inspire me from the real world and I then simply create a scene.  Yet the majority of my inspiration comes from real life situations that I experience with the students.  

This month centres on the return to school after the summer break. Yes that amazing time when you have to go back to the salt mines, I mean classroom and begin a fresh new year of learning and discovery.  

However with the start of the school year comes the realization that you need to resupply and get ready for any contingency.  As a supply teacher I have seen many different things that even to this day surprise me. Therefore I thought of a funny way to express a rising trend in the school system.  Instead of telling you about it I’ll let you read the comic for yourself.  

I hope you enjoy September’s The Craziest Things: Being Prepared.

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