Life got busy. The lettering and Instagram went on, but my blog got neglected. I’ll be updating all weekend!
Week 4 was the week of September 11. School was officially in full swing, and everyone was in the weeds. This was the week when I learned that I need to keep my boards simple. All my morning meetings cut it too close to the start of class for me to have an intricate typographical masterpiece.
Day 15: Leviathan Wakes
I haven’t read this book, but the math teacher has. He’s a good source for sci-fi literature, a genre I’m still unsure about, but which my STEM students crave.
Day 16: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
I was pleasantly surprised when my students smiled and laughed over the story of Tom and the fence. Mark Twain does it again!
Day 17: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
One of my favorite books. I read this when I was feeling disillusioned with teaching, and it reminded me why I love working in education.
Day 18: O Pioneers!
I haven’t read this books either… but as my students are in the middle of a regional project, I thought Willa Cather was appropriate. Plus, there’s a pretty cool plaque for this book on the New York Library Walk .
Day 19: Seraphina
I don’t like many YA books, but I enjoyed this one because it seems to try to explore race politics through dragons. I love dragons.
It’s always the short weeks that feel the longest.
With Labor Day off, I only had 4 boards to do this week. And I felt rushed through 3 of them. Now that we are getting deeper into the school year, I’m feeling time and obligations pulling me in every direction. The time I spend lettering in the morning is helping me stay grounded.
This week’s boards:
Day 11: Flowers for Algernon
Day 12: Oliver Twist
Day 13: The House on Mango Street
Day 14: The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride board was the only one that I actually had time to perfect this week! Love that one!
Favorite thing this week was hearing students and teachers share their opinions of the books and authors they’ve read from this week’s boards. I’m loving how much this project is encouraging discussions about Books!
Even though I had only been whiteboard lettering + giving book talks for a week, I’m already seeing an impact: the world studies teacher gave her own book talk to start a lesson, and students and teachers alike are getting interested in learning lettering! Here are Week 2’s boards:
Day 6: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This was for the day I was paired up with the Math teacher, of course.
Day 7: Lord of the Flies
Day 8: The Glass Castle
The night before, I had resolved to finally learning the art of the flourish.
Day 9: Night
I caught a few reluctant readers with this book talk!
Day 10: 1984
Unfortunately, we had a gas leak scare (it wasn’t a gas leak) on Friday that disrupted our schedule, so I didn’t get to give a book talk to 2 classes… good thing I chose a book that they’ll read in 10th grade anyway!
On to week 3! Posting these all on @nerdladydraws on Instagram with #literarywhiteboardlettering.