Posts by wkehl
In the past few years there’s been a small but steady stream of great new nonfiction comics and graphic novels produced. Here are two recent science-focused releases from a series that I would recommend as optional or supplemental classroom reading.
Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath promise a book of inspiring stories about Deeper Learning, and that's exactly what they deliver with Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century.
A lot of people will fondly recall a specific teacher who made a difference in their life. Some people even track down their former teachers to say thank you, or keep in touch long after leaving school. It's now a little easier to say thank you, thanks to a website launched this week by six students from Olin College of Engineering.
I've recently been binging on math-related TED Talks and all the great ideas out there almost make me wish I taught math. While I have yet to create a museum exhibit about math, wouldn't it be great to teach it like something people want to learn instead of have to learn?
If you ever watched Bill Nye the Science Guy, you probably remember the song parodies his episodes featured, which rewrote the lyrics of popular songs with scientific themes. Sure, getting the song stuck in your head will probably help you remember a few facts, but the benefits of music to learning science could go beyond just helping your memory.
Last weekend, the third Seattle Mini Maker Faire took over the EMP museum in Seattle Center and filled it inside and out with neat things. Billed as a place where "people show what they are making, and share what they are learning," the all-ages faire featured some fantastic projects. A few of my favorites:
Comics are a great gateway to art and drawing. Comics range in style from stick figures to realism, but they all tell a story to the reader. Hopefully you're convinced that you (and your students) don't have to be "good" or "talented" at drawing to draw comics. Drawing is a skill that can be improved with practice -- no inherent "drawing talent" required -- and drawing comics can be a great incentive to practice.