Summer Workshops

Summer is just around the corner and Classroom Matters is excited to offer some of our most popular workshops again! In addition to these workshops, we offer one-on-one content and standardized test prep tutoring during the summer months.

Please note: under-enrolled workshops may be cancelled and alternative options will be provided.


SUMMER WRITING PROGRAM
grades 6th to 12th | $375

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For over a decade, Classroom Matters has offered the Bay Area’s premier essay writing workshop. Our program aims to prepare students to write better, more cohesive essays in an intensive, week-long workshop.

In our Summer Writing Program, we focus on a variety of components essential to expository essay writing. From literary analysis to shaping and supporting a strong thesis, small classes meet daily to explore the writing process in a fun and engaging environment. Through mini-lessons and guided practice, students will strengthen their aptitude for writing clear and convincing essays and develop a keen understanding of what makes good writing. Experienced teachers will assess each student’s level of ability; students will receive our trademark manuals as well as other valuable handouts to use throughout the school year.

 It works because, separate classes cater to budding middle-school writers and to more experienced high-school writers who want to hone their skills. We’ve designed our curriculum to meet their diverse needs, giving students more one-on-one attention and feedback on their writing. All students will be asked to submit a writing sample before the start date so that we may evaluate their progress and make recommendations for continued growth as writers.

(Minimum enrollment is 5 students, maximum is 12 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!
MIDDLE SCHOOL (CHOOSE FROM 2 SESSIONS)

Session A: July 30 - August 3 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
Session B: August 6 - August 10 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm

 

SPOTS AVAILABLE!
HIGH SCHOOL (CHOOSE FROM 2 SESSIONS)

Session A: July 30 - August 3 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Session B: August 6 - August 10 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

TYPING BOOTCAMP
GRADES 4th to 12th | $85

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Our Typing Bootcamp helps students in grades 4-12 master the basics of typing, a skill that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Our experienced tutors will walk your student through the proven Mavis Beacon typing software, providing support, encouragement, and feedback in a relaxed environment.

(Minimum enrollment is 3 students, maximum is 8 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!
(CHOOSE FROM 3 SESSIONS)

Session A: July 30 - August 3 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Session B: August 6 - August 10 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Session C: August 6 - August 10 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

HOW TO SLAY YOUR THESIS STATEMENT
GRADES 6TH TO 12TH | $85

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Your thesis is the main idea of your essay and it’s often the hardest part to write! Learn how to zero in on a strong thesis and how to convert your opinion into one well-worded, convincing, foolproof thesis statement.

(Minimum enrollment is 5 students, maximum is 15 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Saturday, August 11 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR ESSAY WITH LITERARY ANALYSIS
grades 6th to 12th | $85

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An essay without solid literary analysis is like a car without a steering wheel — without it, your essay will crash and burn! Good literary analysis helps you pinpoint themes, identify subtext, and find the foundation for your thesis. Come learn a variety of literary analysis techniques and how to put them to use.

(Minimum enrollment is 5 students, maximum is 15 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Sunday, August 12 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Aveue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

Math Refresh: Common Core
GRADE 9th | $200

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Designed for rising high school freshmen,  this workshop will prep your student for common core math.

(Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 15 students)

spots available!

August 13 -17 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

 

location

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

ZINE WORKSHOP
grades 5th to 8th | $225

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Calling all writers, dreamers, artists, makers, do-ers, and anyone with something to say! Get your scissors and glue stick ready and join us for a hands-on workshop where you’ll cut, paste, collage, type, publish, and distribute your very own zine (a self-published, DIY booklet or mini-magazine).

Zines (pronounced “zeens”) and self-publishing have a long history in the United States, from pamphlets on democracy (Common Sense, 1776), to fan fiction sci-fi magazines from the 1950s, to underground zines documenting the punk scene in the 1970s and 1980s. Zines can be about anything and everything: feminism, sports, cats, food, music, social media, and more – especially niche topics that don’t fit in anywhere else. Zine-making is a way to share your thoughts and opinions with others, without barriers.

The workshop will introduce you to collective storytelling and techniques used in creating hand-made publications. Students will gain new skills, such as observation, collaboration, critical thinking, organizing, forming questions, investigating, bookmaking, and visual storytelling.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn what a zine is and get exposure to different types of zines
  • Experiment with different techniques and styles of zine-making
  • Learn to write different types of zine-additions: interviews, opinion pieces, poetry, comics, etc.
  • Spark your creativity and get inspired by walking field trips, scavenger hunts, experimental drawings, eavesdropping, and surveying
  • Collaborate, critique, and revise your writing with peers
  • Design the layout and “look” of your zine with collage, photography, art, and more: we provide all materials!
  • Photocopy, self-publish, and distribute your zin

To get the most out of this workshop you should:

  • Have an open mind and a desire to share your thoughts (even if that’s anonymously!)
  • Have at least an interest in, if not a passion for, writing
  • Be willing to do a little “homework” outside of our workshops so that your zine can really shine!

(Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 12 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

August 13 - 17 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

3-D PAPER ART
GRADES 6TH TO 8TH | $175

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Students will use paper to create amazing 3-D works of art! Students will learn how to make pop-ups and paper sculptures using a variety of techniques, including modular origami, decoupage, and papier-mâché. Students will assemble these elements to create jewelry, badges, crowns, notebook covers, greeting cards, comic strips, gift boxes, and other ways to show off their creations.

Projects may include:

  • Symmetrical pop-ups
  • Stair step pop-ups
  • Origami boxes
  • Paper mache rolled beads
  • Sonobe earrings + pendant
  • Origami wrist cuffs
  • Comic strips with pop-ups

(Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 15 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

August 13 - 17 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION (EF) BOOTCAMP
GRADES 6TH TO 12TH | $85

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In our 2-day Executive Function Bootcamp, students will get a crash course in the skills they will need to be successful in school. From organization and planning to prioritization and time management, this workshop is designed to introduce online and paper tools and resources to help your student find the right strategies and systems of organization for their learning preferences.

DAY 1

  • Learning preferences
  • Systems of organization
  • Homework management
  • Going beyond homework/agency

DAY 2

  • Habits of successful students
  • Creating a productive study environment
  • Time management and planning
  • Self-advocacy/motivation
  • Managing relationships with your teachers

(Minimum enrollment per section is 5 students, maximum is 12 students for middle school sessions and 15 for high school sessions)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Choose from 1 session)

Session C: August 6 and 8 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

SOLD OUT!
Session A: August 13 and 15 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Session B: August 21 and 23 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

 

SPOTS AVAILABLE!
HIGH SCHOOL (CHOOSE FROM 2 SESSIONS)

Session A: August 14 and 16 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Session B: August 20 and 22 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94702

 

 

STEAM Series:
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

Taught by Rosalind Diaz, these STEAM workshops are recommended for grades 4th-6th. They are for students who would benefit from a new approach to math and geometry, that are hands-on learners, for students who enjoy arts and crafts, and for students who enjoy math and geometry and/or need an extra challenge.

Learning benefits:

  • Approach math and engineering through creative, hands-on exploration
  • Strengthen spatial reasoning skills in two and three dimensions
  • Learn vocabulary and principles of geometry in two and three dimensions
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of patterns, symmetry, and chirality
  • Explore patterns, symmetry, factors, and multiples in a real-world context
  •  Identify and solve engineering challenges

SIGN UP FOR ALL 3 STEAM SERIES CLASSES AND RECEIVE A $50 DISCOUNT!

 

 

steam series: MATH ORIGAMI
GRADES 4TH TO 6TH | $175

In this workshop, students will learn to create colorful, mesmerizing mathematical sculptures from simple materials such as paper and string. We will employ a variety of basic techniques inspired by modular origami and string art. In traditional modular origami, simple building blocks (“modules”) made of folded paper are assembled into complex three-dimensional shapes. Students will be encouraged to use these basic techniques to design their own projects and test out different ideas. The possibilities range from simple and sturdy to intricate and complex, including puzzle boxes, stellated icosahedra, interlocking pyramids, and more! Students will experience the satisfaction of building these striking three-dimensional creations and develop an appreciation for the beauty and creativity of math.

(Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 15 students.)

Please note: under-enrolled workshops may be cancelled and alternative options will be provided.

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

August 20 - 24 | 9:00am - 10:30am

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

 

 

steam series: ALL ABOUT WEAVING
GRADES 4TH TO 6TH | $175

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In this workshop, students will discover how a ball of yarn turns into a piece of fabric! Students will learn to build different types of looms, starting with a simple notched frame loom and engineering improvements throughout the workshop. They will learn to create keychains, wall hangings, wristbands, coasters, and more.

(Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 15 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

August 20 - 24 | 10:45am - 12:15pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

 

 

steam series: BUILD IT!
GRADES 4TH TO 6TH | $175

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In this workshop, students will tackle a series of engineering challenges. Students will learn to plan and execute their own designs incorporating fundamentals of engineering and physics. Projects will be targeted to fit the interest and ability of the group and may include an arched bridge, a paper glider, a gyroscope launcher, a hydraulic machine, and more.

(Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 15 students)

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

August 20 - 24 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

 

LOCATION

Classroom Matters | Berkeley
2436 Sacramento Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you must cancel your registration, a full refund will be provided if cancellation is made at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. Cancellation inside 4 weeks will be applied as a credit towards other Classroom Matters services. Please email teresa@classroommatters.com or call (510) 540-8646 for any cancellation inquiries.