LC 2- 1st Comic Strip

As I explained, my comic is a representation of some of the anxieties I have when thinking about being a history teacher. The inspiration for the comic came from the story Ayers gave to us on page 29 when he took his class to the concourse. Obviously, the plan was well thought out, he was bringing his class to an environment that would stimulate learning for his students, but immediately it went haywire. And that’s where Blake came into the comic as the “salesman of pre-made classroom layouts.” Much like Ayers discussed throughout the chapter, as we get older our classrooms become very bland. At Syracuse, I cannot recall one engaging classroom. I often felt overwhelmed during my first week of class walking into different lecture halls and knowing that there were limited opportunities to make personal relationships with other classmates as well as the professor. The comic then shows Blake showing the first-year teacher, Dom, different layouts for organizing a classroom. Blake started with a classic “lecture feel” type of classroom. Then, Blake tried to sell Dom a classroom with interactive maps, which I connected with the Ayers discussion on page 35 and 36. Ayers explained how his teacher friend in Chicago used ongoing interactive maps throughout the semester and each student personalized it with examples like “… (“Places I‘ve lived-Mt. Greenwood, Rogers Park, Little Italy)…” or “… one was impressionistic with brown, black, yellow and white filling the entire space called Segregated City”” (Ayers 36). This all led to the final two comic strips where Dom was so excited about the blank canvas option. This is where my biggest source of anxiety comes in—how will I make my classroom an environment that engages all five senses? And how am I supposed to do that when I may teach 4-5 different history classes throughout the day? This is what Ayers is really getting at in this chapter when, on page 32, there is a focus to make the classroom an environment that is reflective of who we are. This is where it is important for different classrooms that are going to face the challenge of engaging diverse students with unique learning backgrounds. A classroom cannot be a “one size fits all;” you cannot have the same classroom environment for an urban school compared to a private school in the suburbs.

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