Each year I sponsor a "Mr. Stick of the Year" contest. "Mr. Stick" is the technique I use to help my most artistically challenged students make their writer's notebooks more visual. The annual contest (which we do during the last three weeks of school) has become kind of a fun thing, with silly ribbons I give the kids who win, and with a grand prize now. On this board, I display some of the past winners so that you might see how amazing kids' notebook pages can become with the right incentive.
AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest. Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker. Thanks, Jacie. We will miss you too. :-)
grader Susy wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" awards with this entry she's been working on during the last month of school. Susy says, "Read the right-hand page first." I love that she is remembering the school year through music. THANKS, SUSY!
Anna--one of my 7th graders--takes home one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards for this two-page spread that honors the "Stick of the Century!" I love the acceptance speech and Stick Taylor L.'s abs, Anna, and I will miss your creativity next year. My Mr. Stick resources, which inspire great notebook pages like this one, can be found online at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html
This one deserves to be zoomed in on, so make sure you click the image and look…
Here are all seven panels that Ethan designed for his interactive "TV page" in his writer's notebook. Ultimately, he provided a world news channel, a nature channel, a commercial, a late-night comedy special, a commercial, a sports channel, a horror movie, and a scene from the "Stick Idol" talent competition. Want to see the images and be able to zoom in? Use this link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669432992/
Since it didn't really use a stickman (or stick woman), I could only award 8th grader--Mimi--an 'honorable mention' this year for this sequel to her prize-winning Barbie-themed page she made as a sweet and much more innocent 6th grader: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612665854241/ It's fascinating to me how their senses of humor become a bit racier as they mature. I'll miss you next year, Mimi! I truly will.
Wow, when you come across a page like this in a kid's writer's notebook, you…
8th grader Hunter created this comic strip in his notebook. This is part one of the comic. This was a winning entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook contest. You can access all of my Mr. Stick resources freely at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html