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The Nature of Numbers (Book page)

The four operations Counting: The only operation One: the only number; the largest number Zero: The nothing that is. Infinity: The edge of knowledge Measuring: Intervals, points, lines, shapes, angles Mysterious Patterns: The Fibonnacci numbers, Pi, Phi, and the Golden Mean...

Geometry (Book page)

Fibbonnacci: Infinity in nature and math Music: Circle of fifths Color: Color wheel Sacred Geometry Golden Ratio Platonic solids

Spiritiualism: The Highest Form of Political Consciousness (Book page)

The Hau de no sau nee, or the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, has existed on this land since the beginning of human memory. Our culture is among the most ancient continuously existing cultures in the world. We still remember the earliest doings of human beings. We remember the original...

A Basic Call to Consciousness: The Hau de no sau nee Address to the Western World (Book page)

It was not long ago that the Hau de no sau nee, or Six Nations, were a powerful people, occupying a vast territory stretching from Vermont to Ohio, and from present day Quebec to Tennessee. At the period of first contact early during the 17th century, the Hau de no sau nee occupied hundreds of...

Bibliography (Book page)

 Agricultural Origins and Dispersals: The Domestication of Animals and Foodstuffs, Carl O. Sauer, MIT Press, 1969. Civilization in the West, From the Old Stone Age To the Age of Louis XIV, Crane Brinton, Prentiss Hall, 1973. Medieval Technology and Social Change, Lynn White, Jr., Oxford...

Policies of opperession in the name of Democracy: Economic history of the Hau de no sau nee (Book page)

The Hau de no sau nee, People of the Longhouse, who are known to many Europeans as the Six nations Iroquois, have inhabited their territories since time immemorial. During the time prior to the coming of the Europeans, it is said that ours were a happy and prosperous people. Our lands provided...

The obvious Fact of Our Continuing existence: Legal History of the Hau De No Sau Nee (Book page)

Since the beginning of human time, the Hau de no sau nee have occupied the distinct territories that we call our homelands. That occupation has been both organized and continuous. We have long defined the borders of our country, have long maintained the exclusive use-right of the areas within...

Translating English into Mathematics (Book page)

The attached practice sheets contain exercices in translating between English and Mathematics. They focus on working with subtraction and negative numbers because this is where most students run into trouble.

Support and training (Book page)

We provide personalized user support and training. Our goal is to maximize your independence by helping you and your staff take full advantage of advanced website editing systems. User support Website support is available via phone, email, online ticket system, downloadable user manuals, and...

Website Strategy (Book page)

Build an organization, not a website Any organization with an online presence has underlying strategic goals for its website. The secret to online success is to clearly identify these goals and then build a site designed to deliver the expected results. Every house is built twice You wouldn’...

Copy editing (Book page)

Content is what ultimately attracts online visitors. A good content development strategy gives visitors the information they need, in a concise and easy to understand manner. In today's world of information overload and infotainment masquerading as "news," great website content engages...

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) (Book page)

Quality over quantity Driving thousands of undifferentiated visitors to your website takes little skill. Getting the traffic you need requires expertise. Search Engine Optimization is a constantly changing field due to changes in search engine algorithm and practices. Our goal is to drive quality...

Hosting (Book page)

  DNS administration Managed hosting Custom email and database configurations Private cPanel access Site hardening and security monitoring 24/7 performance testing High-quality ISPs

Traditional Crafts (Book page)

The following is a random collection of discoveries and ideas.

Guitarmaking (Book page)

A collection of videos demonstrating various guitar making techniques.

Textbook (Book page)

Our textbook is Algebra I, Concepts and Skills, by McDougal Littell. Textbook work is only a part of this class. The textbook helps establish the course outline, provides explanations, examples, and practice exercises, and ensures with state-mandated standards. Quality textbooks are a good...

Manually moving a Drupal site from one cPanel server to another (Book page)

Freeze site updates. Download a backup of the current DB using CP Backup utility. Download and .gz copy of the public_html directory using the cPanel File Manger utility. Create new cPanel account on new server. Copy backup files and DB to new server. Check file download paths. Check settings file...

Finding the path to the current theme (Book page)

It turns out, path_to_theme() only works correctly when used within a theme's template.php file. When used within a module it returns, system/module. The following will always return the path to the theme. 1 2 3 &nbsp; $type = 'theme';<br /> &nbsp; $name =  variable_get('...

Listing attached documents in a custom block (Book page)

Here's how to create a custom block that does the following: Hide the default attachments list at the bottom of nodes. Add a custom block that automatically shows whenever a node contains attachments. Add file type images. Directions Create a custom block, and place the following code...

Resetting the admin password (Book page)

UPDATE `users` SET pass = MD5('newpwd') WHERE uid=1;

Tests and Quizes (Book page)

There will be frequent, short quizzes, a longer quiz at the end of each block, a commulative quiz at the end of the year, and finally the CA STAR test. Short quizzes are intended to check for day-to-day understanding, and to reduce test taking anxiety through frequent practice. Block quizzes are...

Student Expectation (Book page)

Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are requred. If a student misses two assignments (classwork or homework), a meeting will be scheduled with the class teacher. If more assignments are missing, a meeting will be schedule with the student's family.  Students are expected to:  You...

Homework (Book page)

Homework is usually due at the start of the next day. There will be a box in Megan Nelson's room for placing math homework at the start of the day. I will collect homework from this box in the morning. Any homework not in the box at that time is late. I will usually not accept homework during...

Grading Policy (Book page)

This is a graded class designed to enable motivated eighth graders to enter advanced math classes in high school. Quizzes are graded on a standard A through F system. Homework is given credit if completed on time and no-credit if late. Sloppy or incomplete homework may get partial credit. Special...

Challenge Assignments (Book page)

The challenge assignments develop intuition and thinking. They encourage students to apply creativity, intuition, originality, and careful reasoning to a wide range of mathematical puzzles. It is more important that student try than to get "the answer." Challenge problems are often...

Steve Dickie Guitarmaking Techniques (Book page)

Steve, a Canadian guitarmaker, uses construction techniques similar to those described in the classic book, Guitarmaking, Tradition and Technology, by Cumpiano and Natelson.

Ezequiel Stracquadaini Guitarmaking Techniques (Book page)

Ezequiel demonstrates modern Spanish guitar making techniques.

5/5 Ezequiel Stracquadaini luthier, building classic contemporary guitar guitarra clásica (Book page)

4/5 Ezequiel Stracquadaini luthier, building classic contemporary guitar guitarra clásica (Book page)

3/5 Ezequiel Stracquadaini luthier, building classic contemporary guitar guitarra clásica (Book page)

2/5 Ezequiel Stracquadaini luthier, building classic contemporary guitar guitarra clásica (Book page)

1/5 Ezequiel Stracquadaini luthier, building classic contemporary guitar guitarra clásica (Book page)

SGM 06 Binding (3 of 3) (Book page)

SGM 06 Binding (2 of 3) (Book page)

SGM 06 Binding (1 of 3) (Book page)

SGM 07 Fretboard (4 of 5) (Book page)

SGM 03 Soundboard (4 of 6) (Book page)

SGM 03 Soundboard (3 of 6) (Book page)

SGM 03 Soundboard (1 of 6) (Book page)

SGM 02 Neck (4 of 4) (Book page)

SGM 08 Finish (3 of 3) (Book page)

SGM 08 Finish (2 of 3) (Book page)

Creating the stool top (Book page)

Choose 3 or 4 pieces of 2x4 that look good together. Decide which sides will face up. Consider alternating grain direction for added strength. Consider mixing wood types and colors for added interest. Consider how best to distribute knots to add interest to the design. Avoid placing knots near...

Procedures (Book page)

Materials, Tools and Supplies (Book page)

Materials Wood for laminated seat, such as 3 to 4 pieces of 2x4, up to 18" in length. Can contain large knots or other variations that add character and interest. Soft woods, such as Douglas Fir or Redwood are easier for students to work., and any other soft wood work well if thick...

Platonic Solids (Book page)

The Platonic Solids block can be one of the more interesting and popular blocks in an eighth grade curriculum, however I think there is a serious error in the way it is often taught. The Problem Because the creation of Platonic Solids can be difficult for students and teachers alike, teachers often...

Block printing (Book page)

Wood and linoleum block printing. Linoleum block printing is easier than wood block printing. Blicks offers a class linoleum printing kit that included most materials for 24 students: About $160 More Information 36 Views of Mt. Fuki Wikipedia Woodcut Just So Stories, by Kipling Sharpening...

Making pigment ink (Book page)

Blue Ink Purchase laundry bluing, which can be found at stores that sells laundry detergent. Put some laundry bluing in a jar. Add enough water to achieve the color intensity you want. Your blue ink is now ready for use. Keep the jar tightly closed when not in use. Black Ink Mix 8 ounces of...

Making hide glue (Book page)

  Method 1 Materials Raw hide scraps Water Heating source for boiling Strainer Metal sheet Storage container Directions Cut rawhide into tiny pieces. Cook it gently in water until the mixture thickens. Strain the mixture. Pour the mixture onto a metal sheet and alow to dry. Flake off into...

Bookbinding topics through the grades (Book page)

The following is a sample of bookbinding-related topics and where they can fit across various grades. Grade 4 Paper making: Using recycled materials and water. Pressing,drying, coloring. Projects with paper, such as greeting cards, Origami, etc. Starch-based glues: Using natural products such...

Elements of Mathematical Thinking (Book page)

Some ideas on learning mathematics. 1. Ask good questions Great discoverers are great questioners. Their original insights result from a lifelong habit of asking questions that others didn't consider. Good questions build awareness of the underlying patterns upon which real answers are based...

On grading students (Book page)

Some thoughts on fairness, flexibility and balance in teaching. Fairness Some claim the best way to grade students is to treat each the same by holding all to the same standard. This line of reasoning holds that anything else amounts to arbitrarily changing the rules which is inherently unfair....

On teaching math in a Molt-inspired school (Book page)

Leading thoughts Emil Molt's primary goal for founding the first Waldorf school in 1919 was to educate students to be free and independent thinkers who would not be easily manipulated into marching unthinkingly into battle as so much of Europe did in WW I. This is a challenging goal in the US...

Woodworking Shop Guidelines (Book page)

The Three Guidelines All woodworking activities fall under three guidelines   1. Safety first! 2. Do your best work! 3. Have fun! The most important guideline is Safety First. We can't even begin woodworking if we can’t work safely....

Course Description: Seventh Grade Mathematics (Book page)

Introduction The general application and transformation of formulas and equations in practical life situations forms a central part of the seventh grade math curriculum. The students are beginning to encounter the practical laws of cause and effect, and with this, they can start working strongly...

The Mathematics Program (Book page)

The language of mathematics remains one of humanity's best attempts to provide a stable framework for ideas, be they religious, scientific, technical or artistic. An appreciation for the ancient underpinnings and soaring achievements of mathematics can provide an inner foundation for...

Grading Policy (Book page)

This is a graded class. It meets the requirements for a complete high school level Algebra I course as defined by the California Standards. Homework and classwork are graded for effort, timeliness, completeness and accuracy. Quizzes count for about four times as much as homework assignments. Block...

On accuracy and perfection (Book page)

Mathematics is all about absolutes and perfection; the real world is not. Mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and others recognize that their equations are estimates--not exact models--of the way the world works. The equations can be absolutely accurate, but never perfect. Some riddles: Q:...

Preparing for Eighth Grade Mathematics (Book page)

Students who wish to be well-prepared for eighth grade mathematics may wish to study over the summer. Suggested review topics The four operations The order of operations Factoring and prime numbers Fractions, decimals, and percents Proportions and ratios Negative numbers, zero, and absolute value...

On the definition of mathematics (Book page)

Can mathematics be defined? Even mathematicians don't agree on a definition of mathematics. The original Greek meaning was 'learning, study, science'. But throughout history--and in today's online forums--the debate rages on without resolution. Some define mathematics as the study of theorems,...

On learning mathematics (Book page)

The following is in response to the question, "Is the emphasis of tedious manual calculation making math education in the US boring, inaccessible, impossible to teach, and worst of all, irrelevant?" Banking on an ancient heritage One difficulty in teaching mathematics is that we are...

On enemies (Book page)

Desperately seeking enemies, we find unknown reflections of ourselves. Another battle won, in a war long lost.   Undeterred, we blindly advance to the next front in search of meaning and worth.   What else can we do -- we, the condemned, we, the free?

On washing dishes (Book page)

"After enlightenment? The dishes." -- Anonymous (probably female) Buddhist practitioner I don't know much about enlightenment, but after several decades on Earth I do know a thing or two about washing dishes. As a teenager I hated it. As a young adult I avoided it. As an overworked parent...

Making casebound books (Book page)

An outline of the basics steps for making a casebound book. Planning Collect and sort all internal page content Create front matter, back matter, etc. Complete book design (dimensions, unique details and constraints) Complete materials list Signature Construction Sew pages into...

Mediations (Book page)

Being an evolving exploration of almost anything.

Class Goals (Book page)

All Waldorf teachers have one primary goal, which was long ago summarized by Rudolf Steiner:   "Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives." -- Rudolf Steiner In pursuit of this goal, this class...

Shaping the stool legs (Book page)

Cut three or four boards for the legs. Typical dimensions are about 2 inches square and 18 to 22 inches in length. Carve the overall shape. Typical stool legs should be thicker on top than on the bottom. Carve the tennon to match the mortises drilled into the seat top. Cut a wedge slot...

Drilling the leg mortises (Book page)

Note: We use two types of mortise and tenon joints. Neither method is better; there are pros and cons to each. The choice of which joint to use depends on your stool's design and any structural issues that may call for a particular joint type. Which ever joint type you choose should be used for...

this child (Book page)

once, when the child was new, and hope was young, and so easily injured, to survive he chose a deeper sleep. a lifetime later, the child awakens to the memory of dreams, insane possibilities, destruction. what is becoming? what must die for this child to live?

Making a bluebird house (Book page)

Blue birds are native to California, but are increasingly threatened by careless development and displacement by more aggressive invading species. Bluebird house, when correctly built can help protect this species. Materials 1 - Redwood fence board 5.5" x 5/8" x 6' 20 - Small...

A brief history of occupation (Book page)

Nomads settled near essential watering holes preventing others from accessing them. Strategic locations grow into permanent communities. As the idea of permanent ownership developed, animals, plants, and women were ‘domesticated.’Settlements grew into cities, requiring constant...

On celebrating with the people of Egypt (Book page)

At about 8:15 am California time, the people of Egypt learned that their nonviolent movement had rid the world of the brutal 30-year dictatorship installed, supported and funded at $1.3 billion per year by fascist  elements (fascism: a combination of business and political elites)...

On aging activists (Book page)

  The following was originally posted in an Occupy Santa Rosa forum in response to some thoughts about the problems in inter-generational strife within the movement I guess I'm an 'elder' now. Not quite sure how that happened. Just the other day I was 19 and exploring the world. I can hope for...

3. Assignment: History Project Paper (Book page)

Download the attached PDF file for more information on this project.

2. Post-Modern Revolutions (Book page)

In this era of global control, information management and aggressive crowd control tactics, those seeking revolutionary change are responding with new tactics, including: Highly decentralized organizational structures, Instant communications, such as the Internet, cell phones, and human...

5. Assignments and Downloads (Book page)

Below is a list of assignments with discriptions, requirements, and related downloadable files.

Occupy Santa Rosa - Declaration (Book page)

A DECLARATION FROM OCCUPY SANTA ROSA Approved by General Assembly, November 16, 2011 RESIST! RELATE! RECLAIM! REGENERATE! We, the people of Occupy Santa Rosa, supporters of the 99%, are a diverse group of community members committed to addressing the appalling injustices that run through our...

Man rescues his child by proving he knows his civil rights (Book page)

1. Family Histories (Book page)

Revolutions: Class Description (Book page)

Preparing for high school (Book page)

Are Waldorf students ready for public high school mathematics classes? This is a common concern among the families of graduating Waldorf students, who may have appreciated the emphasis on creativity, the arts, and social awareness, but now wonder if students are ready for the "real"...

The Woodworking Program (Book page)

Overview One of the unique aspects of our curriculum is that it reaches students at more than one level. These levels are often summarized as “head, heart, and hands” and “thinking, willing, and feeling.” By carefully integrating a rich, developmentally appropriate...

On waves (Book page)

Last night I sat on the edge of the Pacific Plate where it rested precariously upon the edge of the North American Plate. It was cold and windy.  A heavy fog threatened. Perfect weather for my mood. In the fading twilight, I saw layers of ancient ocean bottom where they had been lifted...

Making a bow and arrow (Book page)

Making the bow Select the right wood, including length, straightness, grain, and moisture content, as well as a lack of side branches, knots, rot, splits or other critical flaws. Bow makers debate whether it is best to use seasoned (dry) wood or fresh (green) wood. Dry wood can be harder to whittle...

Constructing a three-legged stool (Book page)

Overview The eighth grade project builds upon skills learned in previous years. The goal is to use create a unique stool or small table using traditional mortise and tenon joinery techniques. The project should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Students chose their own wood, and...

Carving a wooden bowl (Book page)

Overview The seventh grade woodworking project builds upon skills learned in previous years. The goal is apply more advanced carving and gouging skills to create a unique bowl with complimentary inner (concave) and outer (convex) surfaces. The bowl should be both aesthetically pleasing and...

Carving a wooden spoon or spatula (Book page)

The sixth grade builds upon skills learned the previous year by tackling the far more difficult convex surfaces of spoons, sporks, and spatulas. Students chose their own wood and develop a unique design that takes the inherent challenges of their wood selection into consideration. Tools used...

Woodworking Projects (Book page)

Woodworking classes start in fifth grade. We begin with the study of convex surfaces by carving a woodworker’s mallet and an egg (much more difficult than it sounds). In sixth grade we add the more difficult concave surfaces by carving a spoon, spork, or spatula. In seventh grade we apply all...

Algebra I Block Schedule (Book page)

The following dates are approximate and may be adjusted to avoid conflicts with other events. Start Block Textbook August 22, 2011 Introduction: Pre-Algebra Review Chapters 1 - 3...

Course Description: Eighth Grade Algebra I (Book page)

The Algebra One course begins with a fast-paced review of the previous year. The beauty, clarity, and utility of algebraic reasoning are explored through practical and not so practical challenges. We will conclude with a study of the quadratic formula, and introduce formal logical reasoning. The...

Recommended Resources (Book page)

Keep an algebra reference handy. The best are small, well-organized, and inexpensive, with a clear table of contents, glossary, and index. The best references are inspiring and intersting. Standard textbooks often fail in all these criteria. Here are a few of my favorite reference books. For...

Using a calculator (Book page)

Calculators in school Educators usually avoid using calculators before Algebra I. When calculators are introduced too early they become a crutch preventing students from developing flexibility and skill in basic math. Such students often struggle later to develop the symbolic understanding that...

Student expectations (Book page)

Homework Plan Ahead: Setup a well-organized, well-lit, and quiet place to do your homework. First Things First: Do your homework as soon as you get home. Don't wait until late in the evening when you are tired. Stay Focused: Don't watch TV, listen to music, chat online, etc. while doing...

Why teach bookbinding (Book page)

1. Bookbinding topics are part of a typical Waldorf curriculum In Waldorf schools, bookbinding is typically taught in tenth grade, but specific skills that are related to bookbinding are taught in earlier grades, such as paper making, glue making, ribbon making, and caligraphy. Other elements of...

Why Algebra? (Book page)

Algebra is the Gateway Algebra I is often called a gateway course since understanding of its content is fundamental to success in future math and science courses. The techniques and ideas in Algebra I pave the way to logical thinking which is essential for democratic citizenship, access to...

Education vs. Training (Book page)

The dumbing down of America There is substantial evidence of efforts to dumb down education in order to train "workers, not thinkers." See for example various accounts of Rockefeller's philanthropic activities while funding the first Boards of Education. Whether or not this is the...

On the sleepiness of the middle classes (Book page)

A message to self-described "radicals" Those who would change the world are easily shocked by the apathy of the middle classes. They accuse the them of being asleep, and seek ways to agitate them out of their mass media induced stupor. Martin Luther King, Jr. summed up the common...

On waiting for the police riot (Book page)

The Gathering Storm On November 17, 2011, word spread through the Santa Rosa community that police were gathering to launch one of their infamous riots against Occupy Santa Rosa, such as their attacks on the people of Davis, Oakland, Denver, New York, Chicago, Chicago again, and many more, and even...

On the uselessness of mathematics (Book page)

Why bother? Students (and parents) sometimes ask why we should study mathematics beyond what is needed for everyday life. It's a good question. Only fools and philosophers willingly study the utterly useless. The authoritarian answer: "Because I said so." Authoritarian governments...

On what I've learned (Book page)

In case it saves you some time, here's what I've learned so far. Credits included when known. Don't worry, this won't take long...   Shut up and listen. The greatest among us are our servants. Live your life as you would have others live theirs. -- The Eastern Golden Rule It's better to...