from James Franco’s WhoSay website.
This is more for reference than anything else, but lately—beginning to teach—I’ve been really thinking about the kind of teacher I want to be and I think this is interesting to note from some other perspective. I’m not particularly good at criticizing anything and if I’m not particularly good at finding flaws and helping teach people become better, I probably won’t be a particularly good teacher, but I think I could take a cue from Mr. Franco here and think of it as a performance, but I’m not much of an actor.
ComicsAlliance interviews activist Bill Ayers about teaching comics. This is interesting, I had no idea this book was done.
Since I’m just getting started teaching this semester, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to integrate comics into the classroom, though I know it works, and quite a few people use them. It’s mostly just been in the theory phase, and it works one-on-one with the high school senior I tutor, but still I don’t feel quite experienced enough to facilitate them effectively. Having the knowledge is completely different from actually teaching it. That’s the thing that I’m discovering with teaching—it really is just touch and go and sorting out what’s best and works for you to get the point across.
Frequently, I think it looks like a stand-up routine because I’m completely unafraid to make fun of myself, unable to write on the board and talk at the same time, but I feel like it is the sort of thing that you get better at the more you do it. I just have to loosen up, really, and if you know me at all—that’s not something I do well.
Chris Sebela reports on the Kickstarter Project, “The Graphic Textbook” which brings comics to the classroom. This is particularly relevant to my interests as throughout this semester I’ve been trying—through trial and mostly success—to use comics to unlock higher literary concepts, and how they can work in a core composition class or in a high school setting. The thing is, I’m largely flying blind, but I guess this Reading With Pictures organization is a great place to start. Thanks, Chris!
I’ll be teaching a few sections of English Composition at North Country Community College and Paul Smith’s in the Fall. To say that a few goosebumps sprung on my neck upon hearing “Professor Press” is putting it pretty mildly. This is the best birthday present a guy could have.
So this where I will be teaching in the Fall. I’m pretty lucky to inhabit three beautiful campuses in my time. (Taken with Instagram at Paul Smith’s College)
Yesterday, I had faculty orientation at Paul Smith’s College. The place is amazing, absolutely beautiful and the people I’m working with are supportive and magnificent. I’m in love with the library.
This is the view from the top floor looking out on the lake, with my fellow freshman composition teacher Sarah in view working on her syllabus. I’m really lucky to be a part of this staff, and I’m so giddy that I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning making sure everything is perfect for my first day of class next week.
My old boss, Robert Viscusi, said to me in text message when I told him I got hired: “As Emerson wrote to Whitman on a famous occasion, ‘I greet you at the beginning of a great career.’ ” I got pretty choked up.
I did not read a comic in public today. Instead I taught one in a classroom.
Adjunct life. Exciting yes?