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Cartoon Conversations (on teaching, learning and life)
Taken from the sayings and cartoons from ‘Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies’ (11th edition 2017. © Eric Frangenheim, Rodin Educational Consultancy)
HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE: Please click on this short five-minute user guide video to understand how to use this resource and how it benefits your learners.
These cartoons and reflective questions are intended to help children and young people learn the art of conversation. Teachers, educators, parents and carers will find these cartoons are a simple, fun and challenging way to encourage and enable young people to be deeper thinkers, to see the bigger picture and to consider others’ views as well as their own. As an education consultant, I have used these cartoons for many years with great success in classrooms with students, as well as in teacher professional development workshops, staff meetings and corporate workshops with educators and business leaders. I invite you to have a lot of fun with this book and to find a way to make it your own – whether in your classroom, board room, or home. Read more about this book below…
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Cartoon Conversations: For Teaching, Learning and Life
Purpose 1: Schools
As teachers, we must encourage our students to understand that what we learn in the classroom is not just for this lesson, this unit, the exams and something called ‘the curriculum’. Instead, the purpose of learning and thinking is to challenge our students to be more philosophical, to see the larger picture, to realise that what is happening in the classroom ‘now’ has far-reaching implications and ramifications, that the future is being made right now and that they can be actors and in control of their lives; they need never be victims. Learning is an important opportunity for our students to engage in serious and honest reflection (preferably, using humour and lighter discussion) so that they can look at themselves with honesty and humility. Students are then in a position to analyse their thoughts and actions, evaluate these and, where there is a deficit, look to design better options. These cartoon conversations also make a fun ice-breaker activity for school camps and holiday programs, for example.
For Staff Meetings
These cartoons can be used as an ice-breaker in the first few minutes of any meeting. Simply choose one cartoon and one question, use a Think:Pair strategy and then ask some of the pairs to Share their ideas or responses. I am sure that these cartoon conversations will help to energise the staff, enable some humorous exchanges and boost collegiality. What a positive way to prepare them for the rest of the meeting or PD session!
Purpose 2: Families
These cartoons can be used in homes for parents to encourage conversations, discussion and reflection about learning and life in general with their children. Parents who encourage critical and creative thinking and respect the art of conversation in their family home provide a wonderful foundation for their children to have independent thoughts and engage in more intelligent and substantive conversation.