Comics Lab

Comics Unit


My Life in Comics
Gene Yang is a full-time math teacher and technical adviser at Bishop O'Dowd High School, in Oakland, California. He also lectures about the role of comics and technology in education and runs a Web site featuring his animated "webcomics" for algebra students. He's also a husband and the father of a young boy. And, as if that weren't enough, he's just been nominated for a National Book Award for his first and terrific graphic novel, American Born Chinese -- the first novel in that form ever nominated for the prestigious prize. Yang says that getting all this done is merely a matter of good time management. But after reading American Born Chinese, it's clear to me he has talent to spare and a work ethic borne of doing things he loves.

Comics in Education
Hello and welcome to Comics in Education! I'm Gene Yang, high school teacher and cartoonist. This site is the online version of the final project proposal for my Masters of Education degree at University of California, Hayward. (The project itself, Factoring with Mr. Yang, is linked in the lower right-hand corner of this page.) The educational potential of the comics medium has been largely ignored by the educational establishment. Comics in Education is my own small effort to the rectify this oversight.

Online Resources on Teaching with Comics

Factoring with Mr. Yang
A comics-based Algebra unit on factoring.