Informal Learning and the Graphic Novel « Teaching/Management

Having trouble getting college student to look at research seriously? Graphic novels may be the answer. Read on.

Informal Learning and the Graphic Novel « Teaching/Management. (

For K-12 teachers, when I taught reading (“developmental” or for learning handicapped) I found that comics were a great way to get reluctant readers to read. The small amount of text per frame and the pictures to expand on the text helped students who were easily distracted to concentrate because text was presented in small doses, and the pictures would help give context, meaning, and focus. When I started teaching with comics, I had to pre-screen all materials myself. Within a few years, there were commercial school-oriented comics flooding the market, with the same intent: getting students to read for sustained periods of time.

If you have had similar experiences, or unique ones related to reading, please post comments. Reading is so important, and my own research found an almost perfect correlation of reading and math, that I think it is in the interest of students at all levels to keep the reading methods conversation alive. So share your success, or even your failures, with techniques you’ve used to motivate students to read or to teach reading to non-readers.


Focus On: Book Blogs | The Daily Post at

This article may be of interest to anyone who is interested in e-publication. Blogging on your favorite books may be an option for you. If you are a teacher, check some of the sites listed to see if your students found their book reports/reviews online. The blog lists several good book blogging sites. Read on!

Focus On: Book Blogs | The Daily Post at


Put the Brakes on the Summer Slide | Teaching Tolerance

School is over for most students throughout the United States, and kids are clambering to do anything except school-related stuff. Unfortunately, two months of no school also means two months of little or no reading for many students. Their reading progress slips not only for the two months of no school, but also for two months of academic growth.

Here is a quote from the opening paragraphs of a helpful and informative article. The link for the full text is supplied below.

The school year is wrapping up, and most students won’t see the inside of a classroom for months. To kids, this means vacation, but to teachers it means lots of catch-up in the fall. According to a study by the John Hopkins’ Center for Summer Learning, without summer educational programs, the average student falls two months behind in his reading skills.

The “summer slide” disproportionately affects students living in poverty because their families may not have the access to summer educational opportunities available to more affluent families. This disparity goes a long way toward explaining the achievement gap that widens at each grade level. The good news is that there are easy, low-cost summer educational options out there—parents just need to be told about them.

Put the Brakes on the Summer Slide | Teaching Tolerance.

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