I have been teaching English/Language Arts in Florida since 1990, and since 2000, I have been drawing the comic strip “Mr. Fitz” for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The strip can be found online at www.mrfitz.com and at the Facebook page Mr. Fitz Comic Strips.
My comic strips and teaching ideas can also be found in books I’ve written for teachers for Scholastic Professional Books: “Writing Extraordinary Essays” and “Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid.” I’m the author of three Young Adult novels, “Making My Escape” as well as “Portents” and “Portals” (co-authored with my son, Christopher). Posts from this Blog have been featured on The Washington Post’s education blog, The Answer Sheet by Valerie Strauss.
I believe in real education as opposed to skill and drill and test curriculum dispensing. I believe teaching and learning should not be standardized, but should engage the whole mind and the whole person.