Author Archives: Scobie

Totally Async Dictionary Game (Scobie)

This will be an entirely online term for players who love the game, with no zoom meeting and no class time–just rounds of the Dictionary Game on the app with notices through Slack. I’ll publish new rounds and give you a day or two to respond with your word or definition, then run voting, then do the reveal for all to see, and I’ll show the scoreboard from time to time. If you play nearly all the rounds, we’ll likely put it on your transcript, though plan on playing mostly for fun: don’t count on it to add significant English credit for graduation.

Studio (Scobie)

Winter term Studio will focus on principles of sculpture using thin cedar stock to create triangle based space-frames which can be abstract or representational. We’ll start with skill-building exercises, and then move into designing small and large projects that can range from ornaments to lighting designs, to mobiles, and more. We’ll experiment with covering and partially covering our space frames, and using drawings to plan our work. Depending on our level of involvement, we may move on to other technologies for sculpture, or push this medium to the maximum!

Summarize THIS! (Scobie)

IMPORTANT: Work with your advisor to set aside plenty of writing time for this class in your weekly schedule. It can be any time that truly works for you, but if you need open slots to get the work done during the school day, make sure you have them and will use them.

Each week, you’ll either be writing a summary of an audio piece to a specific word count, or you’ll be carefully improving and refining a previous piece.

A writing week:
Expect to listen to an audio or video source piece several times (Excerpts from This American Life, The Moth, and other well-produced audio/videos are common). Then you’ll take notes, make a draft, and improve it using a custom check-list created just for your writing skill set. You’ll have time in class to get started, and make progress, but you’ll probably need to spend more to produce your best work, so budget for that!

A re-writing week:
You’ll respond to a very detailed edit of your original work to further improve it.

For most students, it’s at least a few hours of work each week OUTSIDE of class, but a great investment in becoming an effective listener, logical thinker, and competent writer.

  • Credit for the class requires all summaries to be complete and up to the standards in your checklist.
  • If this is a repeat class for you, I’ll be asking you to up your game.

Geometry, The Year Long Course, Continued (Scobie)

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 to delivering you into some awesome access to trigonometry during Spring Term, 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!