ESP Biography



SHERENE RAISBECK, ESP Teacher




Major: Mathematics/UMass Lowell

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 1994

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Past Classes

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Chess variations in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
There are many different ways to entertain oneself with games derived from the standard chess formats. Some of them are well-known, like "give-away chess." Some of them are less familiar, like toroidal chess or Ultima. In this session, we'll look at many of the variations and take some time playing a few of them!


Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


What does it mean to be gifted? in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
"All children are gifted." "I can't be gifted, I'm no good at math." "Gifted kids don't need any help." "If I'm so smart, why are my grades so bad?" "You're done? Why don't you help the others, then?" What do we mean by gifted? What difference does it make? Does it change who you are - or should it? Why bother with the label, anyway? This is a discussion-oriented class.


Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


Underachievement - Changing Your Perspective in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
A lot of students are told how bright they are, and yet, "Why aren't you living up to your potential?!" Parents, teachers, and even yourselves are asking just that. Maybe you really aren't as smart as they think? Join us to explore this incredibly uncomfortable place to be... I promise it will be thought provoking, if not fun!


Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'


The School That I Want in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Some kids consider what school *could* be or *should* be. Some kids never do. This is a class for those of you who have given this some thought and would like others with whom you can bounce ideas back and forth. We'll also look at some of the historical books on this topic. Couldn't we do better than what we have?!


The Future is NOT what it used to be in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Both science fiction authors and futurists have been trying to figure out what the future would look like for a long time! In this class, we will look backwards at the ideas of the future looked like - jet packs for everybody, robots in everyday life, living on the moon, or perhaps WWIII and IV, and other dystopian prospects. Join this class and your future will be looking up!


Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'