Student-Made Zines @ Sugar Hill Maker Fest!

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As wrap up my school year, my data collection, and this years adventure in zine making, my students and I will be showing off their work THIS SATURDAY at the very first Sugar Hill Maker Fest. The maker movement is gaining momentum across the country, and I excited to see both my school and community embrace showing off all the great stuff people make for fun, out of love, and to innovate. I firmly believe my students are makers–they made zines after all–so to celebrate their work we will have a zine booth at the Maker Fest on Saturday. Come by and get a free copy of some of the zines and meet some of their creators!

To me this is one of ultimate opportunities for my students to have a real, authentic audience for their work. The zinecast is great, but sometimes nothing beats the physical distribution of your work. Hope see you there!

Did You Miss the Zinecast? Check It Out Here!

If you missed today’s live zinecast but would like to check it out, the archived video is embedded below. Quick apology–as the students describe their zines, I thought I was screen sharing, but I forgot to click the second button, so you don’t see the zines until the very end–so my apologies. Still, the students’ description of their work is great and there are some really interesting topics covered and conversations had. Enjoy!

Guest Post: A First Year Teacher Reflects on Using Zines in His ELA Classroom

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Today’s post is special! I always love having guests write on the blog, and it simply does not happen enough. Today’s guest is Jason Smith. Jason is a first year language arts teacher, instructing 10th and 12th grade language arts in Cherokee County. I met Jason during his time in his MAT cohort, and this past semester he asked how I did zine work with my students. After giving him some guidance, Jason took off and did something very special with his students. See his reflection on zine making in his classroom inside! Continue reading

See You @ #GCTE2016

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Though the conference actually begins this morning, I will not be able to join the festivities until this afternoon. I am really looking forward to another great conference. This year I have recruited my friend Taylor Cross (Decatur HS) to present with me. Our session info is below:

Session: Zines, Blogs, and the Remix: Leveraging ‘Unschooled’ Literacy Practices to Engage Student Writers
When: 9:10AM, Saturday, February 20th//Concurrent Session H
Where: GCTE 2016 Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge//Grand Ballroom 3

If you’re there, come find me.

Oh, and I passed my proposal defense. Onto data collection and analysis!