This graphic is an example of some of the pages in the coloring book cookbook "Forever Hatter."
Although I’ve written about Wonderland Cafe since being in Dr. Parlin’s graphic design class last semester, it hasn’t been formal, meaning that I didn’t do it for a class. As such, I didn’t exactly and methodically write down what I was learning. This post marks a return to that.
In Dr. Parlin’s current class, we’re working with project-based learning. Basically, PBL uses real-world or pseudo-real world problems to teach students how to problem-solve. For me, the continuation of Wonderland Cafe seemed like a good fit.
Part of what we learned this week is about writing a driving question. These questions provide direction for the learner. They create focus for the project as well as a frame-work, without being too restrictive.
A project that an instructor designs for PBL has eight components.
A need to know (A kickstart to motivate them into the project…Also called an entry event.)
The driving question (It’s actionable and broad…More on mine in a minute)
Voice and choice (should reflect students’ voices and learning)
Should give learners 21st century skills
Provide an in-depth inquiry into subject matter
Students should reflect on what they’ve learned and then revise what doesn’t seem to be working
They PBL learners should present their findings in some sort of public forum
Here’s more about PBLs
Here’s what I’d like for students to learn:
How can I/ we create a graphic-novel style cookbook that teaches people about culture, literature, and history.
I may refine the question to make it an “or” statement instead of an “and,” meaning
How can I/ we create a graphic-novel style cookbook that teaches people about culture, literature, or history?
The scope is a bit large. I also recognize that I’m asking students to do a lot by asking them to draw or design their cookbooks in addition to researching a food style, food history, or food ritual.
However, drawing and designing what you’ve learned helps you not only remember it, but also to convey it to others. According to my research thus far, there’s a growing trend in cookbooks that look like graphic novels.
Part of it has to do with the step-by-step process of making a recipe. The graphic-novel format encourages students to take a bit of information and convey it in bite-sized chunks. (Yes, pun intended…)
My current book, “Forever Hatter” is done in that style. This project looks to expand on that. I’ll publish a couple of books during this semester in this series.
Helpful Organizational Tools
Finally, we learned a bit about some organizational tools that are helpful. The following tools are useful for brainstorming and organizing ideas. I went with Coggle for the assignment, but there are a couple that I want to look into further, including Tiki-Toki.