A couple weekends ago, I was asked to present a "demo of a demo." Participants of the Endless Mountains Writing Project
are asked to create a presentation for other teachers that demonstrate
activities that integrate the dynamic teaching of writing with subject
areas. In 2005, when I participated in the EMWP, my demo was on using
teach the writing of dialogue and the research that supports the use of
comics to teach.
Since then, I've presented that about
tweaking it a little each time to illustrate how we can use comics to
teach reading, literary devices, anti-bullying, and just about anything.
I've presented it at the National Conference for Teachers of English,
the Keystone State Reading Conference, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and
many other places. It is always well-received, because I think it's one
example of how teachers can stress essential skills, while at the same
time offer opportunities for creative activity -- and fun!
Part of my presentation included drawing activities such as "how to create original cartoon characters".
Here are a few of this year's participants in the Endless Mountains Writing Project. The philosophy of the National Writing Project is that teachers are change agents, and
play a vital role in leading sustained efforts to improve
learning in our schools. NWP teacher-leaders study and share effective
practices that enhance student writing and learning, work
collaboratively with other educators, design resources, and take on new
roles in effecting positive change.
I always say that the Writing Project was the best professional development experience I ever participated in and I highly recommend it!