Professional Resources for Using Comics and Graphic Novels

On Monday I led a workshop for teachers on teaching with comics that included tips and project ideas, lesson plans, printables, free online comics, and free comic creation tools.  In Wednesday’s blog post I shared the online resources I’ve compiled for using comics in the classroom, but I didn’t share any print books.  Here are […]

WWW – Comics in the Classroom with Symbaloo

By request I am bringing back the WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) this year! This means that each Wednesday I will send out a school-wide email with a recommended website that you might find useful in your classroom. This week’s WWW is Comics in the Classroom Hosted by Symbaloo This week you are getting a two-fer! […]

From Wordless Book to Graphic Novel Using Speech Bubbles

For years teachers have been using wordless books to encourage creative writing with their students, but imagine putting a new spin on it by having students write dialogue and narration using a comic book format!  It’s easy when you use speech bubble sticky notes, and the same book can be used over and over again. […]

Writing Dialog With Google Story Builder

Today I’m reflecting on another idea sparked during the Google Apps for Education Summit I attended two weeks ago.  Ever since Adam Seipel introduced me to Google Story Builder, I knew it was a perfect fit to use with the Elephant and Piggie series, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. If you follow Book Buzz, the children’s book […]

Reflecting on 2014-2015

I often use this blog as a place to “think on paper” and reflect on different aspects of my job.  As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close, I’m scratching my head and wondering where the year went!  Robert Browning tells us that our reach should exceed our grasp, so I suppose it’s okay that […]

A Picture is Worth How Many Words?

Here’s another idea I shared during my Comics in the Classroom workshop last month: For years teachers have been using wordless books to encourage creative writing with their students, but imagine putting a new spin on it by having students write dialogue and narration using a comic book format!  It’s easy when you use speech […]

Library Centers

Ideas for Library Learning Centers Welcome to the Learning Librarian blog! At the top of any list involving library centers, I have to put Cari Young’s Library Learners blog!  No matter what combination of search terms I use when looking for center ideas, Google consistently returns this blog on the first page of results!  I […]