Mr. Stick is one of the most popular "students" in my classroom. As we aim to add visual appeal to our writer's notebooks and journals, Mr. Stick steps forward and allows that to happen.
Sometimes the smallest of ideas have the biggest impact. That's the case with Mr. Stick, and idea I came up with way back in 1995. I can't draw. I sympathized with my students who can't draw, but I wanted their notebooks to have a visual element. Mr. Stick saved the day.
Twenty years later, he's still inspiring my student writers every day. We have built a whole page of resources at our website (http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html), and we have a Pinterest board of Mr. Stick samples that will inspire your students who don't feel artistic (https://www.pinterest.com/corbettharrison/mr-stick-a-writers-notebook-margin-mascot/).
Downloading this free resource will give you access to several things:
1. A "How to Draw Mr. Stick" Powerpoint slideshow; hit F5 and let it happen.
2. A printable resource of ideas and resources that keep Mr. Stick alive in my classroom beyond my students' notebooks and journals.
Share this resource with your colleagues. I'm amazed how many teachers write me every year and tell me that Mr. Stick is still inspiring student writers.
--Corbett & Dena Harrison