History with Nigel (Nigel)

Hey you. Yes, you! Do you like history? If the answer is yes, why haven’t you already signed up for my history class? We will go through and learn about a wide range of places and eras. If the answer is no then take the class anyway because you will enjoy it. Well, what are you waiting for? Sign up and learn!

Duolingo (Amy)

Want to learn a new language? Are you a HS student that wants to earn a language credit? This is a self paced class where students use the app Duolingo to learn a language of their choosing. Students will set up a schedule with Amy and send her weekly progress reports to receive credit for their work. It is a pretty low pressure way to get some exposure to learning a new language.

MS Environmental Science of the Pacific Northwest (Hannah)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Ever wonder why Mt. Rainier has a constant cloud cap? The status of the resident orcas in the San Juan Islands? Which of these plants all around us are edible?

We live in one of the most rich, rainy ecosystems in the world. Every element of this glorious biome is interconnected — from cedar to salmonberry, from the summits to the Sound. If you want to learn about the environment all around you, and your place within it, take this class!

We will ask questions, do research, conduct experiments, and go outside in order to learn about the biodiversity, climate, systems and cycles, flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. We will learn through a lens of sustainability.

Digital Music (Sam)

Music is always moving forward. Just when you think it will settle into one particular form, it creates a new form of expression. During this time, music has not only taken on a new form but has moved into a greater way of expression.

In this class, you will be using an online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to create, edit, and finalize pieces of music that simply express your personal creative sound. There’s always the opportunity to record live instruments, vocals, and use sound samples. We will have brief workshops at the beginning of class to try out new techniques, one on one support, and a bit of a musical show and tell.

I love music and you can find me listening to music on a daily basis. I’m currently working on a new project and looking to host a music podcast in the near future.

NOTE: You must have a computer that is capable of running the software used in class.

Please come and check with me. Thanks

Studio with Scobie (Scobie)

Handmade Galaxy Mobile Sculpture - Cool Design For Your Cool Home by Skysetter Mobiles | CustomMade.com

If you are interested in designing, making, drawing, craft, sculpture, technology, working with your hands, eyes, and mind as an inventor, creator, artist, and engineer; if you want to make beautiful things, and learn what makes things beautiful…  Studio is the place for you.

I’ll be teaching three different terms of this class, and you can take just one term, or all three of them!

Designing, sculpting, drawing, and making things takes time, but if you’re like me, it’s time that is totally absorbing. If you have a really heavy schedule, you can minimize the work for this class….

However….I’ve listed this class as having significant outside work and there’s a special reason for that:

I’m really hoping to give you new things to do outside of class that feel GREAT to work on, that are really absorbing, that you’ll  want to spend time on. With all the time we spend at home these days, how about some new, challenging, and fun projects that are wonderfully distracting, meditative, and absorbing?

I don’t know what all the projects will be, but I CAN tell you about our first project, one I’m super excited about….

Our first project starts off as an electronics and maker project that will let you assemble, test, and calibrate your own miniature potter’s wheel. The you’ll turn some small corner of your room or your house or your porch into a tiny little pottery studio and make some beautiful objects. I’ll be picking up your work from the school when it’s dry and getting it fired into permanent pottery. Making pottery on a wheel is totally mesmerizing. For some of you, it can just be an exploration, or a chance to make some gifts. For others, it might become a lifetime passion!

 

 

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Sex and Health Education (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Sexual health and healthy relationships is something all people, especially young people deserve. In this class I will do my best to be inclusive of a wide variety of genders, sexualities, experiences, and perspectives and focus on the real world and real life experiences.

Relationships and sexuality is a life long journey of learning about ourselves. Here in this class, I want to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.  It can also be enlightening, informative and exciting!

I will be utilizing two different curriculum sources. One will be Be Real. Be Ready. is SFUSD’s (San Francisco Unified School District) comprehensive relationship and sexuality curriculum for high school students. And S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna as well as various educational media pieces and articles as they relate to the topics.

This will be a YEAR LONG CLASS.

Math For You: Pre-Algebra (Nic)

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks whose next step on the math ladder is mastering the use of operations with fractions and decimals, rates and proportions, and beginning to practice with negative numbers, simple expressions and equations. This content is typically taught around 7th grade in a standard US math sequence.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.

Protest Writing (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Act with courage; make a case that a principle trumps a rule.

What is protest writing? In this class, we will examine writing as, about, and against protest. I am interested in how we define protest writing — what is its purpose? For whom is it written? Is writing a protest tactic? How do different kinds of writing spur or dismantle protest?

Our scope will be mostly within the United States, specifically protest in Seattle. Students will practice their own protest writing, focusing on personal causes they care about.

Required texts/materials: A notebook. We will read at least one book all together which we will get for you.

Current Events (Sam)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Information and how it is shared is so important. The need to be informed of news in your local community, county, city, state, and country as a whole is (in its basic terms) the main way people can stay connected. In this class, we will learn what makes the news, how information is distributed, and who makes the tough decision on what is covered on the local news, printed newspapers, and national and international websites.

We will also take the opportunity to learn about stories from new places and stories that the mainstream media thinks is not important to cover. Also, we will find time to uncover news from lesser-known places and understand the things they encounter on a daily basis.

This course will involve reading and answering questions about the content of each story. Students will have the opportunity to locate and present articles that interests them and relate the information to the class. There will be time to discuss things we discover and find interesting.

The Dictionary Game (Scobie)

We finally have a working program for playing this endlessly fun game online, so come join the class in which you’ll make up ersatz (look it up!) definitions for real, but unknown words and try to convince us all that yours is the legitimate definition. You get points for fooling us with your clever, convincing definitions, and for guessing which one is the actual definition. No cheating, good people. Keep it real; keep it fun. As with last year, we’ll have occasional workshops to improve your skills and knowledge, but mostly we’ll play, play, play!

Self Care is Important (elizabeth)

This class feels even more important than ever. Our nervous systems and hearts have been overloaded with stress, anxiety and unknowns through this woahh global pandemic experience. What better time than to find care, slow down and figure out how to be well through this time and on.

We will come together to take care of our hearts, bodies and spirits in this class and get to know each other and ourselves a little better. We will meditate, listen, breathe, write, do some yoga, stretch and create our own little sanctuary space in your rooms/homes where you can take care of yourselves best you can right now.

You become what you practice. You are what you practice. This class is for you if you would like to practice mindfulness and consistent acts of ritual to take care of yourself and find your centered place in this time.

Constitutional Law (Nic)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Is it against the law to pray in a public school? Can Congress regulate the Internet? Are police allowed to stop you on the street and ask you to empty your pockets? Can a college consider your ethnicity when deciding whether or not to admit you? Is Trump really allowed to do that thing he just did? These are all questions of constitutional law.

This year, I will be teaching a year-long class in basic constitutional law. We will focus on landmark cases that have defined the modern legal understanding of civil liberties and government power in America. Students in the course will argue cases, read actual Supreme Court decisions, and sharpen their critical reasoning skills. We will also follow cases that are being argued in the current Court, and learn more about the justices and the politics behind decisions.

I love this stuff.

Fall term will focus largely on the First Amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Student Leadership Class (TSam and Amy)

PSCS students are invited to join Teacher Sam and Amy to explore and develop some more structured opportunities for student leadership at PSCS. Want to learn about yourself looking through the lens of what kind of leader you are? Want to help us co-create some pathways for more formal student leadership for students at PSCS? This is the class for you. Come have a voice and learn some more about yourself while supporting PSCS with your leadership.

Writer’s Workshop (Hannah)

In this class we will practice writing, reading, thinking, questioning, listening, and sharing. You already do all of these things, and after this class you will be able to do them with more depth and clarity. You will not only hone skills but learn about yourself, other people, and the world through the writing process. Wow! But how?

You will do different kinds of writing in this class, including narrative, persuasive, informative, and fun random exercises. You will give and receive feedback with your peers. You will submit response letters about your reading regularly to which I will respond, like a reading/writing correspondence. The words will flow through you like rainwater down a Seattle drainpipe and nourish the garden of your mind. 

Required texts/materials: A notebook. Also, you are expected to read your own books throughout the duration of this class. If you don't have reliable access to new books, still take this class! We can help you out, just let us know. We will also read at least one book all together which we will get for you.

World History (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

World History is a subject that explores the key events and global historical developments since the 1500s that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The class will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. We will also analyze people groups and important people that have not been mentioned in history.

We will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally, and use technology appropriately to present information.

Required texts/materials: I will provide the text. You will need a pdf reader/editor to be able to access the textbook. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC  (free)    -       https://get.adobe.com/reader/ The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Geometry, The Year Long Class (Scobie)

I’m stoked to make the year long Geometry class a really cool distance experience this year. This is a full year of high school math linking your current algebra skills to a whole new world of visual and measurement math, with lots of drawing, proofs, projects, and puzzles. What’s more, I’m committed in the spring term to delivering you into some awesome access to trigonometry, with calculation and visualization skills that many high schoolers never get. If you know you’re headed to pre-calculus and calculus, these skills are precious. If you’re not, they’ll still make you feel like you have special math powers!

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Queer Latino Literature (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

This class will center upon reading the book, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” a novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This piece of literature dives into Mexican-American culture, queerness, discovery, growing up, love, family and life in the 1980’s. We will explore these themes even deeper as we read through the novel.  It has won numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Pura Belpre Narrative Medal for Latino fiction and several others.

Each week there will be reading, note taking and a couple personal projects throughout the term. We’ll be engaging in discussion, reflection and presentations.

For families and students, take a look at the novel to decide if this class and reading this book is right for you.

Math For You: Algebra 2 (Nic)

love math, and I believe that learning to think like a mathematician can bring joy and power to a person’s life.

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks whose next step on the math ladder is mastering polynomials, exponential functions and logarithms, and beginning to practice with complex numbers, rational functions, function transformations, and trigonometry. This content is typically taught around 10th-11th grade in a standard US math sequence.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.

The Class to take if You Plan to Teach a Class This Year (Amy)

Hello Friends! One of the great things about PSCS is that as a student you can teach a class. There are a few things that you need to do if you want to teach a class. One is that you have to find a staff member willing to sponsor your class. The second thing you have to do is take this class BEFORE you can teach a class. Why you ask? Well there are things that we want to make sure you know about teaching a class as well as we want to help you design a class that will be engaging for other students. In this class you will be supported in creating a class ready to roll out in either Winter or Spring term. That’s right, by the end of this class you will already have your class pretty much ready to go. Even if you have already taught a class in the past we are asking that you still take this class as we will be working on new techniques like online instructional design. Teaching a class can be fun and rewarding and it takes some preparation. Ready to start designing your dream class for this school year? Take this class!

Election 2020 (Nic)

On the ballot this November (it’s a big one), Washington state voters will be asked to decide on:

  • President of the United States
  • Governor
  • All 10 members of the US House of Representatives from the state
  • Whether public schools should be required to teach comprehensive sex ed
  • Half of the seats in the State Senate
  • All of the seats in the State House
  • Eight other statewide executive offices
  • and much much more

In this course we will both study the background issues in many of these races and follow the news as election day nears.

Student work will include research, creating presentations, and general current-events-newsfollowing. In addition, each student in the class will be encouraged to choose an active campaign and do a small amount of volunteer work with the campaign prior to election day.

No prior knowledge/experience necessary.

HS Environmental Science of the Pacific Northwest (Hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Ever wonder about the formation of volcanos? How redwoods survive forest fires? What is an “atmospheric river?”

We live in one of the most rich, rainy ecosystems in the world. Every element of this glorious biome is interconnected — from cedar to salmonberry, from the summits to the Sound. If you want to learn about the environment all around you, and your place within it, take this class!

We will ask questions, do research, conduct experiments, and go outside in order to learn about the biodiversity, climate, systems and cycles, flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. We will look learn through a lens of sustainability.

Math For You: Algebra 1 (Nic)

love math, and I believe that learning to think like a mathematician can bring joy and power to a person’s life.

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks whose next step on the math ladder is mastering graphing and solving linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, and factoring polynomials, and beginning to practice with functions, exponentials, and quadratics. This content is typically taught around 8th-9th grade in a standard US math sequence.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.

American Trans History (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

In this class we will be exploring queer/trans histories, stories, voices and experiences in the U.S. Historically, queer history, movements and people have been pushed to the side or completely erased from history. This history and these stories will take us from the 1930’s to the early 2000’s.

We will be reading Transgender History by Susan Stryker and watching key pieces of media to supplement and further inform the history. This book covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today.

Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990—the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s.

This class will be both synchronous and asynchronous. There will be a mix of discussion, reflection, and projects.

High school only.

Math For You: . . . And Beyond! (Nic)

love math, and I believe that learning to think like a mathematician can bring joy and power to a person’s life.

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks who have mastered Algebra 2-level skills, and are ready to explore more trigonometry, precalc, statistics, or calculus.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.