Week in Review-October 13, 2016

Mathematics: Piecewise functions, writing equations of lines, graphing inequalities, absolute value functions, using linear equations for word problems, intersecting lines

Language Workshop: Descriptive writing, diagramming sentences with direct/indirect/compound objects, Animal Farm discussion

Humanities: Overview of Ottoman Empire, What Modern Syria Can Learn from the Ottomans seminar, research paper work period, tracking sources, types of sources

Occupations: Stream Team investigation at the Wildwood Campus, Physics project planning

Community work/ Micro-economy: Pumpkin Hunt 2016, canvas bags and buttons





The Seminar

Today, the class had a seminar on the fall of the Ottoman Empire and its lasting impact on modern Syria. Seminar is a focus in our classroom and is practiced throughout the curriculum to help prepare the students to communicate effectively in a group. Seminar gives young people the power to agree, disagree, challenge, struggle, and respect others. The skills that we learn in our seminars are applied to our council meetings, class discussions, problem solving, and grace and courtesy.


Week in Review-October 6, 2016

Mathematics: Direct variation/Systems of Equations activity, solving multi-step equations in abstraction, functions and their graphs, slope and rate of change, comparing steepness of lines, parent graphs, and math seminar

Language: Diagramming sentences, “What’s going on in the picture?” writing workshop, Animal Farm book discussion

Occupations: Aldo Leopold benches, intro to Hovercraft project, Newton’s 3 laws of motion, Nobel peace prize for physics

Expressions: Busch Wildlife fishing, Turkish rugs

Micro-economy: Screen-printing

Wood is Comfortable…

This morning we began building two Leopold benches for the land. These benches are exceptionally important for taking breaks from hard work on the land or for having a lovely seminar discussion. Leopold benches are named after Aldo Leopold who was an activist for land ethics.

Because we did not have a carpenter’s square, we had to use a protractor instead. We measured the angles of the wood and Mr. Mike cut it exactly where it should be. While this was happening, Ms. Jenna was taking pictures of us.

Sanding and rasping the wood was next. Rasping is filing the wood with a cheese grater thing called a rasp to prepare it for sanding. We used sanding blocks to sand the wood and make it smooth. A sanding block is sandpaper stapled onto a small block of wood used as a grip. If there were any rough parts we had to make them as smoothly perfect as possible.

The smell of freshly cut sawdust filled the air as we made more cuts in the wood. Soon we will assemble the benches so they may achieve their life’s purpose. Once they are finished we will get to enjoy their helpful support on the land!