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Teaching Citizen Journalism and Storytelling through Documentaries

Carl Sigmond, Documentary Projects Teacher and Operations Manager
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

In an age where almost every smartphone can be a video camera and citizen journalism is becoming more relevant to the public discourse, it is even more necessary to teach the theory and technique of effective documentary making so that our students can bring their stories into the greater world in an effective and engaging way. 

Fire & Smoke

Andrew Sellery, Ceramics Teacher
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Another amazing Semester here at Woolman, and the firings (wood & Raku) were, as always, the highlight of Ceramics events. I really love to use the process of Raku firing early in the semester to offer students a hands on experience showing the diversity of the ceramic experience, as well as exposing just how hot and immediate an art process can be. Yes, pulling out a Raku project at red heat, glass surface semi liquid, is an exciting, intimidating & magical experience!

Democracy? Oligarchy? Democratic Republic?

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Thursday, May 19, 2016

What kind of governance system do we actually have? This was our guiding question for one of the last units of the semester in Global Thinking class. The common narrative of today's society often purports that the US is one of the world's leaders in democracy. In the spirit of critical analysis, students questioned this rhetoric and upon deeper examination discovered that in fact our government is far from a pure democracy.

A Peak at EnvSci topics

Annika Alexander-Ozinskas, Environmental Science Teacher
Thursday, May 19, 2016

The second half of Environmental Science kicked off with the Food Intensive in April: a week-long field trip to the Bay Area to study food systems and food justice. We met with Briar Patch Food Co-op, Phat Beets Produce, Acta Non Verba, Food First, Veritable Vegetable, PLEJ for Liberation, Three Stone Hearth, UC Davis Feedlot, UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis Student Farm, the National Germplasm Repository, and visited the Jelly Belly factory.

Observations from Environmental Science Class

Annika Alexander-Ozinskas, Environmental Science Teacher
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Our land at Woolman is steadily changing and blooming with the onset of spring. Last week, we were inundated with rain - our creeks rose, and the South Yuba became a torrent of churning, brown runoff. In environmental science, we are learning about the inner workings of the natural world through observing the constant change around us. In the past month we have talked about global warming, the greenhouse effect, fossil fuels, oceans, bees, and fungi: all topics requested by students.

Dam It or Not?

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ceramics comes alive at Woolman

Andrew Sellery, Ceramics Teacher
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
 
Another Semester is winding down, and what a Semester it was in the clay room The kick wheels were met with great enthusiasm as always, but this was short lived as the need to express creatively soon took hold and the class shifted into the world of sculpture. I love to see where a class' direction can shift, and this Semester resided in the world of imaginary creatures, puzzled portraits and totem animals.

Global Thinking class considers the interconnectedness of Capitalism, Corporate Dominance, the Prison Industrial Complex, Economic Policies and Racism

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
 
What a profound final Global Thinking class on Friday! The course came full circle when we revisited an activity that we did in the first week of the semester. This second version of the Web of Interconnection demonstrated not only how the causes and solutions to many global issues are intertwined, but also how much the students have learned and critically analyzed in the last four months.

Reflections from the Food Intensive

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Last week was Woolman’s Food Intensive, one of two week-long field trips where students engage in hands-on learning from people working in the field (in this case quite literally) on issues we study in classes. From a one-woman farm, to urban school gardens, a feed lot, a mostly female run organic distribution center, or day labor center, we interacted with a wide variety of components of our food systems. Rarely do we take time to think about where our food comes from and what it took to get it into our bodies.

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