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Photons

McDonaldization

We were asked to read an article about the McDonaldization of our culture. As a class, we took a walk to Sugar Beet food co-op, keeping in mind the article we read. When we returned we talked about what we noticed. How the food co-op op and the neighborhood was and wasn’t an example of […]

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Auction

The Photons used their time in photography class to take pictures of the auction items and portraits for the new currency.

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Data

Today the sociology class looked at research methods, starting with the idea that we take in, assess and draw conclusions from social data all the time (show of hands; whether a restaurant has good reviews; number of texts received; which days are better to go to the museum [ahem, homeschoolers!]) We talked about research methods […]

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Sociological Theories

This week we laid out four major sociological theories/movements that inform the way we might look at society, social institutions and social behaviors (see Chap 1 in the book). We looked at how these “lenses” can be used to understand any number of social phenomena. Also, we have our own experiences, identities, and values which […]

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3

In our last class we talked about 3 things to think about when taking photos. 1. When is permission appropriate vs. documentation. 2. The difference between horizontal and vertical. And how it changes the story of your photos. 3. The rule of thirds. The teens then practiced using these ideas.

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Sociology

Today we introduced sociology as a formal discipline of the social sciences. Sociology is the study of societies and social institutions and our social and behavioral response to them. The sociological imagination involves our ability to understand the relationship between individual experiences/circumstances and larger social forces (including our own and imagining these relationships for other […]

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Focus and Exposure

This week we talked about how important a foundation is when learning anything. Most of the kids worked on practicing with focus and exposure. A few kids continued working on family portraits for our bulletin board.

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Photography

Today we looked at two bodies of work by photographer Whitney Bradshaw. http://whitneybradshaw.com/ We also talked about how we would like to proceed with this photography class. Lastly the kids split themselves up into groups to complete the task of taking family pictures for our bulletin board.

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