“It Feels Good to Dig In”: Colin Williams on Humanities at Bay

It’s not every day that you get to learn from a teacher that speaks Sanskrit, plays jazz bass and has a deep knowledge of all things history…unless you’re Colin Williams’ student, of course. Colin, who teaches both Humanities and music at Bay, loves sharing his talents in the classroom. As he explains, “Teaching Humanities at... Continue Reading →

World Traveler, Author and Teacher: Meet Ayize Jama-Everett

Humanities teacher, counselor and writer Ayize Jama-Everett has strong feelings about giving students room to grow and learn. “I like seeing kids in their natural habitat, hearing them say, ‘Oh, I’m kind of curious about this. I want to learn more about it.’” Helping to open two group homes for teens and working at a... Continue Reading →

Professional Development in Action: Lori Cohen’s Feature Stories

Recently, humanities teacher Lori Cohen presented at the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) Conference in Santa Clara. Her session, called “Creative Nonfiction and the Common Core,” focused on “how to meet the Common Core State Standards through asking students to write feature stories.” During this presentation, participants learned “strategies and approaches that allow... Continue Reading →

Experiences: Writing Workshop Visits The Walt Disney Family Museum

Humanities instructor Ellen Greenblatt discusses her class' recent visit to the Presidio's own Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM). Before going to the WDFM, students in the Writing Workshop class were working on honing their interpretive and analytical skills, using "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak as a model text. Students focused on plot, character, setting... Continue Reading →

Conversations: Colin on the Mexico Murals Project

Freshmen in Humanities 1A have been working hard to understand bias. All through the Mexico unit, students have considered how different artists, writers and historians have seen the world. In their culminating assignment, students collaborated to make a Diego Rivera-style mural that shows how they themselves see Mexican history. They depicted the pre-Columbian period of the Aztecs... Continue Reading →

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