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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112 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 Elizabeth Lazaro credits Evolutions with engaging her son in the joy of learning. "Before Evolutions, William would do his work and earn solid grades, studying only for tests as they came along. He was successful without much independent thinking. At the beginning of Evolutions, once again he com- pleted projects to the minimum require- ments. But, somewhere along the way, he internalized learning for learning sake and things changed." Elizabeth explains the shift this way, "Studying math in a classroom and working out problems did not pique his inter- est. However, when he was measuring angles to create the perfect seaworthy boat to race down the river and analyzing the aerodynam- ics of the boat, using physics to calculate the speed of water flow and draw predictions based on both math and science, then he was engaged and interested. Interdisciplinary learning had concrete benefits to William, as well. He used principles he learned in school on his car, measuring and fitting parts together in the real world." Anne Hall believes that Evolutions is responsible for her daughter Katherine find- ing her voice—both literally and intellectu- ally. "Prior to Evolutions, my daughter was n COLLABORATION ★ Evolutions students will demonstrate collabora- tion by working with a variety of people by thoughtfully listening, con- tributing, and reaching consensus on difficult problems. Each student must contribute to the overall goal of the group, and will be evaluated by themselves, other group members, and teachers. n COMMUNICATION ★ Evolutions students will demonstrate effective communication through a variety of frameworks and media, such as oration, writing, art, and active listening. Students will be asked to Evolutions Learning Objectives

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