Steph(anie) Tobin

Children's Drawing in Bay City

By: Jrew Bickel
Posted on Flickr by: William Couch


My name is Steph Tobin. I teach grade 2/3 French Immersion in Kelowna, B.C. I chose this image because in my classroom, I sometimes ask my students to draw their story before they write to encourage them to incorporate more details in their writing. In Kindergarten, students share drawings to describe story elements (setting, problem, solution etc.) orally since their writing skills are limited.

I am interested in Postman’s (1992) arguments that students who are visually inclined may find greater success in our future school system as we adopt more communication technologies. In this course, I look forward to representing text in various ways that will motivate my students to write.

The characters represented in this drawing are super heros which young boys often write about. I chose this boy-friendly theme because I am pregnant with a son who is due to arrive November 22. This will be a busy term for me as I already have a 16 month old daughter!

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2 Responses to Steph(anie) Tobin

  1. Leonora Zefi says:

    Hi Steph,
    It’s good to “see” you again Steph. Congrats. It seems like you will be very busy.
    It seems like a great idea to get students to draw what they will be writing about.
    The expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind. I wish more and more educators (especially online designers) were mindful of that as they develop content and activities for learners.
    Looking forward to working with you again.


  2. Gordana Jugo says:

    Hi Steph,

    Nice to see you again! I like how you mix drawings with text in your practice. I read somewhere that adults tend to be more verbal, while children are more inclined to physical action. As a mother of two girls (6 and 2 years) I have a chance to experience their processes of embracing verbal mode.

    As related to being a mom of a 16 month old girl and expecting a baby boy – respect!


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