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Arise: A Collaboration

Check it out: a blast from the past!

Ever wonder what to do with manga and/or anime kids? You know. The ones that love comics and cartoons made primarily in Japan?

If you’re teaching, you join in the fun.

The above image is from back in the spring when I tutored at a local high school. One of my boys had started working on his own manga script and asked me to draw a page. I wanted to encourage him (and maybe I felt gratified), but I did this, dang it. You can still see the marks from the scanner.

Then I went back to visit him in September and saw that his art skills had GROWN over the summer.  His new rendition of the first page BLOWS this out of the water.

At the same time, this is really similar to a sequence in the first Scott Pilgrim book, which neither of us had read at that point. We were either hapless geniuses… or we were inadvertently confessing we could only talk to cute girls in our dreams.


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Tweets and Beats

When I worked at La Vega High, our tutoring room was right next to the band hall. Sound insulation? Not so great. And for some reason, the tuba section liked to warm up with “Seven Nation Army.”  So every morning at work, we’d get to kick things off with the incessant cadence of “bummmm bum-ba-bum bumm-bummm.”

Every morning.

EVERY morning.

(My co-workers loved it even less than I did.)

Anyway, here’s a notebook-paper tribute: 


Rock on.


On a tangential note (not a pun), I’m now taking a class that is gonna make me even more technologically prolific. It’s a section on education in the classroom, and instead of learning spreadsheets and macros, our assignments are cool things like this:

Holler back. That’s my new Twitter account. (Read my posts carefully: they might get graded).

It’s weird. Sometimes, this stuff makes me  feel like a Vaudevillian at the dawn of cinema. I mean, I love old-school mediums like pen-and-ink drawings, or reading library books. That’s how I”m used to communicating and being communicated with. But with Web 2.0 there’s now this whole new delivery system out there that so inclusive and meta-referential and collaborative…

(“he said on his blog”)

…anyway. Anticipatory and excited about scaling the learning curve.

Beware, future students. Mr. H is gonna wow you with whiteboard drawings and classroom tweets!

That is, if the freaking band would stop being so obnoxious…


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