Hi everyone,

I’m really pleased and excited to announce that not only did I manage to give my first two papers at the Classical Association Conference this year, in Swansea – ‘You Are Odysseus’, teaching the Odyssey via a Gamebook (more about that later – it’s why some of you are here I’m sure!) and ‘making Things easier for Neurodiverse Pupils in the Classics Classroom’ …

…but that I was the recipient of the 2022 Classical Association ‘Innovative Pedagogy’ Award!

The Chair of the Teaching Board, Dr Sharon Marshall, honoured me with this speech, made from suggestions my nominators had made:

“She is the recipient of our Innovative Pedagogy award. She will I’m sure be well known to you all, not just as a teacher and educator, but also as a comic artist and illustrator… her Greek Myth Comix website hosts resources which are innovative and engaging, and they’re used by thousands of students, teachers and high-schoolers around the world.  Her illustrations for the Amarantus project bring the ancient world to life, and in 2020 she developed a new coloured artistic style in response to research that showed that students may not realise the diverse reality of the ancient world when working with black and white images.  Her ‘Ancient Geek’ podcast deals with controversial issues brilliantly. She’s also a member of the Editorial Board or Asterion, representing Neurodiversity in Classics, by talking about her own dyscalculia, and creating resources to help neurodivergent pupils. In the words of her nominations, she is ‘dearly loved’ in the online Classics community for her kindness and generosity, and her outstanding creativity. Many Classics teachers today started out by going to her for advice and resources, and her generosity of spirit is also exemplifies by the act of sharing her entire archive of GCSE resources for free online. These have been accessed by over 200 users, and she has tirelessly provided support to them, having identified that home-educated students are under-supported by traditional schemes. She has made a huge impact while innovating and responding to the ever-changing needs and interests of the student body… She is a very deserving winner.

To celebrate, I’ve opened a Comix Requests page on the site – just pop what you’d like to see in the comments! I’ve also got a new project coming out soon – stay tuned for some special new things and offers!

I’m absolutely the most proud and honoured person right now. Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me, and to everyone who has supported me making resources for students around the world for the last eight years!

Jenks x

GCSE Resources updates and Homeschooling hub

HI all!

The resources section, having been accessed 3510 times and the links clicked 2302 times since I posted it, was no longer viable on Dropbox, so has now been moved to Google Drive and an email is once again needed for access.

You can email me for access at bbfictionpublishing@gmail.com , stating ‘Resources access’ in the subject. I’d love to know where you’re teaching, or indeed if you’re homeschooling – as so many homeschoolers have already requested access, I have set up a private hub to give homeschooling support. Please also email me if you would like access to this. More information is here.

All the best,

Jenks

Updated Homeric World – typable PDFs

Hello! If you’re reading this then you’ve asked to be updated when I add files or projects to my portfolio.

I’m currently working through the PDF notesheets/workbooks for the HCSE Classical Civilisation Homeric World Unit and turning them into typable PDFs. This means that anywhere there’d be a place to hand-write in answers or annotations, there is now a typable textbox or drop-down choice. I have several pupils who have difficulty hand-writing and so type in lessons, and this will be great for them in the long term. Right now, they may also be useful for students who are remote learning (in the UK, that’s pretty much all of them at the minute).

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