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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anxious about speaking up and participating in group projects. She saw high school as just something she 'had to get through' and not a place to investigate her interests. The pro- gram helped her make a leap in maturity and confidence. And, it affected our college con- versation because she now has direction and inspiration to consider many fields of study, such as politics and sociology. With two sons already out of college, we understand that much of her college learning will be group study and projects. Evolutions provided our daughter a unique opportunity to prepare for that eventuality." Anne presents an inter- esting counterpoint to the concern that Evolutions would take students off the high- achiever college track. Evolutions values and develops students' multiple intelligences, through a theory pio- neered by Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Student McCrae notes about the dynamics of the Evolutions' group projects, "We all had to fig- ure out what our own strengths were and how they would interact with each other to make something bigger and better than we could have ever done on our own." Another stu- 113 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Respect and Knowledge share and listen to ideas as well as implement claim, evidence, and reasoning skills. One measure of success will be other people's ability to recognize the point of view of the presenter. n COMMUNITY ★ Evolutions students will become a community of learners. Their experiences in Evolutions will be expanded by their learning in and contributions to the broader Wellesley and Greater Boston communities. n CREATIVITY ★ Evolutions students will be able to express themselves in more than one way to see something differently or more deeply. They will seek out innovative ideas and solutions in order to solve a problem or express a concept through a variety of mediums besides paper and pencil. n CURIOSITY ★ Evolutions students will take ownership of their learning by investigating topics, concepts, and problems that are of interest to them. Evolutions students will actively ask, rather than be asked. n SYNTHESIS ★ Evolution students will make meaningful connections between and among core content, experiential learning, and personal curiosity. They will demonstrate this synthesis in their discussions, projects, and reflections.

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