In a four-period daily block, 6th grade students make connections across math, science, social studies and language arts. The block provides increased flexibility for a rigorous, customized transdisciplinary curriculum with multiple excursions off campus, rich peer relationships and personalized teacher support. Students practice inquiry, independent exploration and hands-on learning that stretches them to think just beyond current capabilities. What we work on: creative problem-solving, quality communication, high-level writing, accurate self-assessment, leadership and productive teamwork. 1:1 Chromebooks. Minimal homework.
Students from the 6th grade class stay together (loop) the next year for 7th grade in a two-period block of world geography and language arts. Girls and boys build on their knowledge, skills and friendships from the previous year. Our approach to learning is through guided questions, simulations, debate, writing, art, design, presentation and argumentation. Students read and engage with historical documents and various genres of literature as they find patterns, make connections and think critically. Students write DBQs (Document-Based Question essays) and other types of papers, building their academic, technical, social and emotional capabilities within an engaging, purposeful learning community. 1:1 Chromebooks. Minimal homework.
This is my 19th year as a teacher, after a satisfying career in journalism and communications. Before coming to Cabrillo in 2016, I taught at Balboa Middle School, Foothill Technology High School and the Harvard-Westlake Upper School. I've also taught graduate students at UCSB and teachers in Sierra Leone and New York City. I believe teaching is a noble craft, and I hope my work can inspire the next generation of doers, designers and problem-solvers. Work experience, grants here.
"One will weave the canvas; another will fell a tree by the light of her ax. Yet another will forge nails, and there will be others who observe the stars to learn how to navigate. And yet all will be as one. Building a boat isn’t about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It’s about giving a shared taste for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love."
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry