WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Respect and Knowledge 110 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 dependence on one super achiever to lead the group in completing a well-defined assignment. Team learning for Evolutions students begins with collaboration to determine what to accom- plish before launching into investigation and presentation. Social studies teacher Emily Shapero points to the seismic shift Evolutions students face: "It's hard to reboot a ten- to twelve-year habit of how to succeed in school." Shapero and the other 2015/2016 Evolutions teachers (Thom Henes/English, Brian Corey/art, Larry Lovett/science and engineering, and Craig Brown/math) describe the new attributes of student success as: igniting a natural sense of curiosity, synthesizing content across disciplines, diving wholeheartedly into unstructured content and assignments, redirecting when need be, and working not only for per- sonal achievement, but also for the success of their group. The five WHS Evolutions teachers also had to make a profound break with their profes- sional past. No longer assigned a textbook to teach from, no longer able to shape their English, math, art, social studies, or science curriculum independent of other subjects and without stu- Student pored through lists of residents who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and cross-referenced the veter- ans with Wellesley High School yearbooks archived by the Wellesley Historical Society

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