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The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011

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It’s time for another year-end list…..

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Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section of this post.

Here are my picks for The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011:

Here’s the Dilbert comic strip on the difference between correlation and causation:

Dilbert.com

“What A Crummy Weekend This Turned Out To Be!” is the tagline of a recent Zits comic strip, and its a perfect illustration of the point Nobel Winner Daniel Kahneman has made about the value of how things end. I applied his findings to the classroom in my post, The Importance Of Good Endings, and in my book.

Zits for 11/27/2011


Here’s a neat addition to The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others:

Dilbert.com

This Zits comic strip makes a good point — you never know what can make a big difference in a kid’s day — a cookie, a kind word, asking a question about his/her life and listening to the response…

Zits for 9/16/2011


This Dilbert comic strip wondered about the definition of “curation”:

Dilbert.com

The characters obviously didn’t read The Best Posts & Articles About Curation!

Whenever You’re Tempted To Use Punishment As A Classroom Management Tool, Remember This Comic Strip: I doubt that there are many of us out there who have not been tempted, and sometimes given into the temptation, to use punishment as a classroom management tool at times. I’ve been guilty of it before and I’ll be guilty of it again, I’m sure. Whenever any of us feel that temptation, though, we might want to remember this Pickles comic strip. It shows what happens next — maybe not as quickly as in the comic, but eventually….

Here’s A Comic Strip To Help Teach The Concept Of “Confirmation Bias”:
Dilbert.com

This comic strip reminds me of so-called experts in school reform who have never taught in a classroom:
Dilbert.com

Here’s another comic strip on Confirmation Bias: This one is from Candorville.

Another strip reformers who have little (if any) direct experience in education but have unhelpful ideas — and the power to push them. A little information can be dangerous. The difference, of course, is that unlike the gophers in this strip, when some “school reformers” push a new and shiny idea that blows up, our students, their families and us are the ones who get hurt. The school reformers usually do fine.

Pearls Before Swine

These comic strips are great for Theory of Knowledge classes:

Dilbert.com

This is a link to a great New Yorker cartoon on the limitations of logic.

And here’s a link to a great Candorville strip on knowledge.

Here’s a Dilbert comic strip. Is there any connection to what’s happening in many schools now?

Dilbert.com

Many teachers use Calvin and Hobbes comic strips in lessons. There is now a Calvin and Hobbes search engine where you can type in your query — homework, reading, etc — and then get the text and, in many cases, a link to the strip itself.

Another commentary on school reformers, perhaps:

Dilbert.com

Here’s a Dilbert comic strip on how to communicate effectively (or not):

Did you read my long e-mail?

This New Yorker cartoon gives a picture of the attitude we teachers should NOT have when we ask students to evaluate us and our classes.

This New Yorker cartoon shows the attitude we should not have when we solicit feedback from students and colleagues.

Feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

8 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I’m an ESL teacher in SA. I teach R-7.

    Your blog is interesting and just drop by to say “Hi”

  2. These brightened my day. Thanks!

  3. Hi Larry

    Many thanks for this excellent and well chosen collection of comic strips! I’ve added this resourceful post to my scoop.it curation site on comics. Hope that’s ok.

    Janet

  4. not a strip but still pretty good:

    Education Experts All In A Row http://ow.ly/801g5

  5. What a great resource! Thank you so much Larry for sharing! Keep up the good work!

  6. Nice collection- a couple of these are going on my office door! It’s college instead of high school, but you might like http://www.pennypuppycomic.blogspot.com/

  7. Today’s Dilbert might make your 2012 list! Seemed to be a good one for TOK – correlation/causation.
    http://thedilbertstore.com/comic_strips/2012/2/10

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