Reflections: Color Walks With Painting 1A

Ascha Drake's Painting 1A were just entering into the world of paint and color, so to gain sensitivity she assigned them the Color Walk writing for homework. They each had to walk for at least one hour, uninterrupted, with no goal or destination in mind. Phones and iPods had to be left at home, and... 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: Claire’s Senior Signature Project on Local Music

As part of her Senior Signature Project, Claire is writing music reviews for an online publication called The Owl Mag, which “offers daily music news, reviews, videos, and features about local artists, emerging/unsigned bands, independent DIYers, and those that have ‘MADE IT.’” Her first published review looks at “Piedmont Girls,” Bay Area band Local Hero’s... Continue Reading →

Professional Development in Action: Ellen Greenblatt in Johannesburg

One of our very own, humanities teacher Ellen Greenblatt, recently served as a consultant presenter for the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) at their 2012 Conference in Johannesburg, which drew 700 delegates from all over Africa. There she represented The Bay School in presenting three separate workshops: Writing to Learn: A School-wide Initiative;... Continue Reading →

Experiences: Innocence and Evil’s Mock Trial

Last week, Ellen Greenblatt’s Innocence and Evil class put character Doc Hata of Chang-Rae Lee’s novel, A Gesture Life, on trial. In the story, Doc Hata is an aging physician haunted by – if not fully aware of – his role in the Japanese Army’s enslavement and rape of “comfort women” during World War II.... Continue Reading →

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