Woolman Blog

Working in Community

Sophia Mueller, Fall '15 student
Sunday, December 20, 2015
 
I FFFrequently hear people complaining about their work. Many people don’t want to work or dread having to. However, imagine work being inspiring for you. Fun. Creative. Something you are crazily passionate about.

Garden reflection & gratitude

Charlotte Lippincott, Farm to Table Intern '15-'16
Saturday, December 19, 2015
The garden doesn’t lie, but it is especially honest in winter. The dense foliage that a few months ago dressed the earth with life has since receded, revealing the backbone--its essential form. The hedgerows that teemed with colorful perennial flowers and their loyal pollinators when I arrived in August are now pruned back, focusing their energies inward as they bear down for winter.

Global Thinking class considers the interconnectedness of Capitalism, Corporate Dominance, the Prison Industrial Complex, Economic Policies and Racism

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
 
What a profound final Global Thinking class on Friday! The course came full circle when we revisited an activity that we did in the first week of the semester. This second version of the Web of Interconnection demonstrated not only how the causes and solutions to many global issues are intertwined, but also how much the students have learned and critically analyzed in the last four months.

Ceramics comes alive at Woolman

Andrew Sellery, Ceramics Teacher
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
 
Another Semester is winding down, and what a Semester it was in the clay room The kick wheels were met with great enthusiasm as always, but this was short lived as the need to express creatively soon took hold and the class shifted into the world of sculpture. I love to see where a class' direction can shift, and this Semester resided in the world of imaginary creatures, puzzled portraits and totem animals.

Banner Drop in Nevada City!

Lisa Putkey, Peace Studies Teacher
Sunday, December 6, 2015

In Peace Studies class, students have been learning about intersecting systems of oppression and organized resistance movements.  One of our focuses is to debunk the creation myths of the United States Empire, which was founded on genocide and slavery.  In projects class, students have been studying Native American rights, the impacts of continued colonization, and contemporary resistance movements centered on indigenous leadership.  Earlier this semester, we attended an annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration in Nevada City organized by the Tsi Akim Maidu.  As

Reflections from the Food Intensive

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Last week was Woolman’s Food Intensive, one of two week-long field trips where students engage in hands-on learning from people working in the field (in this case quite literally) on issues we study in classes. From a one-woman farm, to urban school gardens, a feed lot, a mostly female run organic distribution center, or day labor center, we interacted with a wide variety of components of our food systems. Rarely do we take time to think about where our food comes from and what it took to get it into our bodies.

Introducing Restorative Practices to the Fall 2015 Semester

Hilary Ellis-Lavigne, NVC Teacher & Restorative Practices Coordinator
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
 
Each semester, we invite students to intentionally create the community that they want to live in, and, most importantly, to create a system to respond to any conflict or feelings of disconnection that might arise within the community. To start the Fall semester, students were asked to reflect on and draw pictures of communities and systems that they have already experienced prior to coming to Woolman and to describe what worked and what didn’t.

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