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Geometry, (Year Long Course) (Scobie)

IMPORTANT: If you take this class, you must commit to the full year, which means prioritizing the scheduling of Geometry in both winter and spring terms.

In this long-running PSCS class, we’ll review basic elements of geometry and geometric definitions. We’ll learn and refine your geometric drawing techniques while looking at the practical math and beauty of geometric relationships. We’ll also continue to explore measurement and systems of measurement for distance, angle, slope, area, and volume, linear and non-linear equations, graphing, proofs and other explorations. The class will finish in the spring with a unique and brilliant introduction to the core principles of Trigonometry as inspired by an insightful New Zealand math curriculum. Sometimes we work from a book, like a ‘normal’ math class. Other times we learn with physical models, drawings, and other resources.

  • Some algebra is required. If you have the equivalent of a high school Alg.1 class, you’ll be fine as long as you’re willing to to work to revive your skills. If you have only the bare essentials of algebra, you’ll need to be willing to work hard at some specific sections of the class, but there will also be parts of the class that don’t require any algebra.
  • Each term, Geometry must meet in two 70-minute slots per week minimum. This is a year long math class, and we have lots to cover.
  • expect occasional in-class tests, quizzes, and puzzles
  • expect collaboration on some work
  • be able to maintain a completely quiet work environment when asked
  • expect homework for most class sessions through the year.

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

Juggle! (Scobie)

The goal of this class is learning how to practice something effectively.
If you can’t juggle, you’ll either learn to juggle, or you’ll get much closer.
Either way, you’ll learn things about practicing that will serve you for the rest of your life.
If you can already do a basic three-ball pattern, you’ll learn much more than you now know.
In our first class meeting, we’ll make high quality practice balls to work with.
  • The willingness/ability to do quiet, focused practice is a class requirement
  • Eight student maximum

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

Dictionary Game (Scobie)

Yup, it’s that game where you make up plausible definitions for inscrutable words and then try to guess which one is the REAL definition. Sometimes we do it the other way around: read a definition and make up the word! Over the years, we have had more fun and hilarity with the dictionary game than should be allowed in a lifetime, but we’re going to keep on playing, regardless.

  • Newcomers welcome: you’ll get whatever coaching you need to play well.
  • Intended for one 55-minute slot

Middle School Read Aloud (Scobie)

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

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If you’re a middle schooler and you love listening to good writing read aloud, this class is for you. If you know you want to progress in your thinking, speaking, vocabulary, and English skills, this class is for you. This class will now meet twice per week and will include plenty of good read-aloud as always, but also some discussion, some short, fun writing assignments, and other creative ways of engaging with our stories.

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

Summarize THIS! (Fall & Winter HS edition) (Scobie)

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


The in-school coached work session! See “Coached Writing Session (for Summarize THIS!)” in the class blog, and talk to your advisor!

This class is primarily a homework class in which you’ll do one piece of edited, finished writing, from a half page to two pages per week, to a specific word count. Expect to listen to the 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, improve it using a check-list. Finally, you’ll work with your editor to further improve your work every week. For most students, it’s a several hours of work each week, but a great investment in becoming an effective listener, logical thinker, and competent writer.

  • There will be a coached work session each week in the second meeting of the class, which will allow you to make major progress toward finishing your summary. Most students will still need to put in additional work, and sometimes this work slot will contain a grammar lesson or other instruction.
  • As usual, credit for the class requires all summaries to be complete and up to the checklist standards for the class.
  • If this is a repeat class for you,  I’ll be asking you to up your game.
  • IMPORTANT: All writers are required to find and work with a qualified and willing mentor/editor for every assignment. I can be editor for up to two students this fall term. If you hope to have me as your editor, ask early. I reserve the right to choose who I will edit for.
  • Must be scheduled in a 70 minute double slot, unless we are near the student minimum.
  • All students are encouraged to use the in-school coached writing session offered this term.

Science of Flight (continued) (Scobie) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This is a mega class.

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This is a continuation of last year’s course in flight science, but there are some key differences. All prior students are welcome. New students are welcome also, but I request a  friendly ‘intro discussion’ with me to be sure the class will be a fit.

We’ll do some review of key principles from last year’s class, and then move into our unwatched lectures.

(As before, I’ll be partnering with “The Great Courses” to co-teach alongside video lectures by Professor James Gregory, looking at both the history and scientific principles behind most kinds of flying.)

To get regular breaks from the projected lectures, we’ll be taking advantage of the mega-slot for longer and more regular discussion and illustration, more math, and hands-on experiments or demonstrations.

IMPORTANT: Megaslot Wednesday is the only position I have for this class, unless it gets traded for one of my