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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111 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 dent input, the teachers chart new territory along with their students. For 21 years, math teacher Brown taught an array of courses from pre-algebra to level BC calculus. As an Evolutions teacher, he was challenged to forge mathematical connections to themed aca- demic units appropriate for students with dif- ferent levels of math backgrounds. Brown delivered the faculty speech at the 2016 WHS graduation and opened with a question he had just encountered himself, "When faced with a situation that is unfamiliar and needs resolution, do you avoid it or embrace it?" An Impressive Array of Benefits Several of the students who enrolled in Evolutions were looking for a way to spark their love of learning. Lily McCrae chose the program because she felt she had more aca- demic potential than she was able to reach in traditional classes. "I was very interested in seeing how I could push myself and expe- rience school in a new way. I felt restricted because I was always preparing for a test and never had the time or energy to pursue knowl- edge that interested me." Cailey Mitchell was motivated by inquisitiveness and FOMO (fear of missing out), "I just had to join Evolutions or I would have been curious for the rest of my life what it would be been like."

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