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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel


The end of the school year is near! Are your students getting excited, or have they "checked out" of learning? Are you struggling with keeping students focused and engaged? If so, Educator Helper has the answer!


When I taught seventh grade, the most anticipated project of the year was comic book writing! It kept students busy as I finished up end-of-year paperwork. Be advised, though, that this unit might consume every spare minute of students' school days. Teachers in other disciplines complained about the unit because it is the only project students wanted to work on! However, comic book writing can be used across-curriculum to teach just about any kind of skills. Here are some examples from my students:



Although some teachers prefer to use technology with comic book writing, the old fashioned draw-it-yourself books are best! There are no drawing skills needed to do these projects, so don't let students bombard you with "But, I can't draw..." complaints. Stock your classroom with I Can Draw books, everyday household items, and black and white pictures that students can use to copy or trace. You'll need lots of blank paper, colored pencils, and erasers. Then, be prepared because this unit will become the most popular project in your school!

Are you ready to get started? If so, start by downloading the complete how-to guide with everything needed to get started:



If you are not quite ready to take the plunge and let students create their own full-blown comic books (I promise it's an easy student-centered project!), then try one of the ready-made, fill-in-the-blank templates:












Let me know how Comic Book Writing works in your classroom.

Happy comic book writing!
Beth, Educator Helper


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!



Today is the day to celebrate MOM in all her glory! Let me tell you what is great about my mom:

Patient
Adventurous
Talented

Loving
Amazing
Mannerly
Amusing
Sincere
Courageous 
Understanding
Smart




Take time to honor MOM today by making a gift that she will treasure forever!


Happy Mother's Day!


FREE Mother's Day gift to let the kids make and give: