Although during a busy time, working on this website was interesting on many levels for me and I am hoping my little spark of interest in graphic novels, takes hold and starts a flame for a few teachers.
Firstly, I mastered creating a website which, not too long ago, I paid someone $4k to do for my business!
Secondly, I feel like I am getting the chance (although it’s the tip of the iceberg, this is by no means a finished product) to share my love of graphic novels with colleagues and in doing so, perhaps changing some minds about their potential use in the language arts curriculum. I also hope that, by providing them with some starter lesson plans and a bibliography of vetted graphic novels, that it might help those who are sitting on the fence about using them as a teaching tool.
Thirdly, I am using media to share knowledge. It’s something that is lacking in my professional life…and personal (I had to go kicking and screaming onto Facebook and Instagram) but, I now know that this is an easy way to share information with my peers.
Finally, I actually created something. I know that we always talk about how the process is more important than the product but I think we all (kids included) like to have a product.
That being said, this is a working product and I am not finished; however, it is at a place where I can publish it and continue to build resources for it. Presently, I only have two lesson plans on it but have many more ideas to add. During the course of making the site and focussing on what I wanted to share, I realized that this is for teachers. I have added a section with my favourite graphic novels and a bibliography to go with it, but really it’s more for teachers to be able to look at the selection (they are for kids ages 7-13).
Challenges – the technology piece. I registered for 4…yes 4 websites and the other 3 were too difficult for me to manage. Webnode was by far the easiest for a recovering technophobe. Highly recommend it if you would prefer a website as opposed to blog.
Well, I shall end off by thanking the Wolf Pack for their insights and support. I have really enjoyed learning from you and stealing your many wonderful ideas:)
Enjoy checking out: GRAPHIC NOVELS RULE
Yup, that’s my domain name!
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