BigFish Classes (So far!) We are GATHERING! We will have a community meeting with all members in late November to share and vote on preferences for classes to be scheduled first.
Classes and workshops are offered on a variety of topics. The schedule is a reflection of the interests and expertise of our core staff and community teachers & volunteers.
All classes and workshops are optional and open to every member. Classes will vary in length of time, days a week, and expectations
The design of each class will vary depending on the vision of the instructor, along with input from the students. We encourage all members to learn about and try as many classes as they can. Once a student decides to be a regular participant of a class, we expect commitment.
There are no grades or punishments, but we expect members to communicate with the teacher regarding attendance and other issues and to fulfill any requirements such as readings, research, or other assignments.
Some classes will ask for and expect a work/practice to happen outside of class time, while others will be less directed. This will be made clear in the class description.
Teens can also request to lead a class of their own creation. The teen will present an outline and expectations of the class with a staff member and pitch the class to members at BigFish Lunch Hour (Mon. thru Thurs. 12 - 1 pm).
Weekly classes will run Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (9 am - 4 pm).
CLASSES as of October 1, 2017 (Course descriptions will be posted soon.) We have staff and community members willing to teach the classes listed below:
(Classes with with an asterisk * will be be offered regularly (always!) and will run 2 days a week.)
* Math Workshop - (Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Deductive Reasoning, Math Logic) - Darren Tapp
* Reading & Writing Workshop - ( essay writing, fiction, poetry research, grammar, reading skills, book groups and more) Diane Murphy
* Participate in Democracy by Understanding Current Events - Pat Murphy w/ Staff
Well-Being - Resilience, Self-Esteem, & Coping - Damla Aktekin
Intro to Programming - Darren Tapp
The Do Something Class - Staff
Statistics - How Humans use Stats to Persuade & Defend Beliefs - Staff
Anatomy of a Laptop - Darren Tapp
Teen Finance -
Nutrition - Understanding the food that fuels you - Jodie Stone
Manga - Ghost in the Shell - The Evolution of Human Consciousness - P. Murphy IV
Songwriting - Mara Flynn
Literature of Rebels - Mary Jane Rowan
Improvisational Theater- Mara Flynn
Art Fundamentals - Heidi Paquette
Rock Climbing 101 (fall & spring) - Pat Murphy
Mountaineering (winter) - Pat Murphy
Psychology - Sheila Esten
How History Repeats Itself - Lessons from the 20th Century - P. Murphy IV
Outside! The Ecology of Dover and surrounding communities -
The Media Diet - What information are you eating? - Diane & Staff
Robotics - Alec Muller
Guitar - MIke Lang
Storytelling - Mike Lang
Cooking with Local Ingredients - Dave Boynton
Yoga - w/ local yoga teachers in training
Walking the Appalachian Trail - Jeff Eagan
OMG! What do people around the world believe? A study of world religions- Julie Serrano
Anatomy & Physiology
Sewing - Heidi Paquette