Explore #MTBoS – What Makes My Classroom Mine

I am responding to the Explore #MTBoS Week 1 Challenge. If you’re not already doing this – WHY NOT??? You should be! Go to the website right now. I’ll wait….

I chose to respond to this one:

What is one thing that happens in your classroom that makes it distinctly yours? It can be something you do that is unique in your school… It can be something more amorphous… However you want to interpret the question! Whatever!

The one thing that happens in my classroom that makes it mine is Friday Funnies. My students look forward to this every Friday. I have done this in my class for a really long time. Every Friday, I show my students a comic strip that has to do with Math. It may be “ha ha” funny or it may not, but it was in the funny papers, hence the name. Many of my favorites are from Calvin and Hobbes, but I also like Fox Trot. Sometimes I will just Google Math Comics and pull great stuff from there. I keep a Power Point with all of the comics I have used and each year I reorder the slides so I know which ones I have done. I try to find new ones as I can. My students will bring me new math comics from the newspaper when they find them. My students who have had me multiple years don’t even mind that I repeat comics – in fact, if I don’t do them, they will demand remind me that I need to do the Friday Funny. Here are a couple of my favorites – enjoy!

Calvin and Hobbes


July 18th 2010 - Baby Blues,Rick Kirkman


FoxTrot Classics





10 thoughts on “Explore #MTBoS – What Makes My Classroom Mine”

  1. Craig Carnahan says:

    I remember looking forward to these every Friday! I am really glad your students are still enjoying them. I’ve considered starting something like this in my own classroom to liven things up at the end of the week but I haven’t had a chance to put it all together.

  2. Nice post, Lisa. I have a bunch of comics, particularly Foxtrot, on old overhead transparencies. This was a nice reminder I need to digitize the collection. Do you have problems for the students to do associated with the Funny Friday comics?

  3. Love the comics! And I love the idea, I’m just not good at remembering to keep track of math comics that I see. I would totally follow someone who just posts these weekly to make it easy to share with my students, however, so you should consider doing that! OR if you have a large bank of these somewhere, you should share it with us so lazy teachers like me don’t have to look them up every week.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Leslie says:

    I love this idea; it’s kind of a reward for getting through the week! Your students must really look forward to Fridays. Have you seen https://sites.google.com/site/taylorspolynomials/series/04-straightlines by @mathtans?

  5. Crystal says:

    Hey, do you have a link to the powerpoint that you use? I’d love to do this also for my seventh graders! Please let me know when you’ve a moment.


    1. Lisa says:

      Crystal –
      I don’t have a link. I am leery of posting the link due to copyright issues. If you’d like me to email it, I can do that.

  6. Nina Codispoti says:

    Hi Crystal,
    I just came across this via Math is Love and would like to incorporate this into my classroom. Could you please send me the powerpoint via e-mail if you have it available?

  7. Jordan says:

    I love this idea! Could you please send me your powerpoint via email, if you get a chance? Thanks for sharing!

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