As a learning facilitator focused on STEAM for middle and high school students, I teach everything from math to memoir writing to furniture building, and I infuse social-emotional learning into all of it.
When my students return to Community Regional Charter School in Maine this fall, one way I’ll help them get back in the habit of collaborating and expressing themselves is by having them create comics on a wide variety of subjects.
Comics are such a powerful SEL tool because they can capture not only spoken conflict between people, but also the unspoken. They can show sarcasm. They can capture internal monologues to point out the difference between what someone is thinking and what they’re saying. And of course they can use humor to diffuse tension. Those are all things that comics do easily that other media does not.
Here are a few ways I plan to use comics in the first weeks of the new school year.