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Advisory Is Essential­—Every Day
December 1, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Every student in Wildwood’s middle school begins each day with advisory.   Advisory is a time and place intentionally positioned to provide a bridge between the school day and students’ lives outside of school. That sounds simple, even obvious, and Wildwood’s middle and upper schools were founded with […]
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This is Your Brain on Math
October 20, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Wildwood Division One math teacher, Drew Brody, is helping 6th graders change their minds—literally—about their mathematical abilities.   Strong or weak, confident or reluctant—students have various descriptions of themselves as math learners.   Mr. B., as he’s known to students, understands how those self-perceptions work on many levels, […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Inspiring Kids
October 13, 2015
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How many of us have been involved in conversations about teachers who stuck with us? They may have asked the right question, pushed us a bit further than we’d have thought we could go, said something that made us see the world differently, or simply given us the perfect praise just when we needed it. […]
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You In? Middle School Electives: The Casual Encounter or Finding Your Passion
October 8, 2015
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“One must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life.”  – Oscar Wilde   “If you are losing your leisure, look out! — It may be you are losing your soul.”  – Virginia Woolf   I like these two nuggets of wisdom on matters of occupation and preoccupation.   Yes, it’s […]
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Scaling Up
November 20, 2014
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Peek in to 6th grade STEM class this week and you’ll see students meticulously measuring the dimensions of tea bags, Rubik’s Cubes, WiFi dongles, and playing cards. Angling rulers and tape measures, students write down numbers and pen sketches to capture each ordinary object’s dimensions and features. In this new STEM class, team-taught by Arlën […]
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Heroic Work
October 23, 2014
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Hey, this is Hollywood. Everyone knows: a hero’s journey is fraught with peril. Treacherous challenges must be overcome, awesome foes vanquished, and with any luck, the requisite supernatural powers needed along the path to fulfilling one’s destiny can be borrowed or bought without selling your soul. Here at Wildwood, our 7th and 8th grade humanities […]
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The Poetics of Scheduling
June 5, 2014
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Hello Wildwood Middle School! It has been a long time since my last post for Centered in the Middle, as I’ve been deep in the good work of finishing up the school year, and bringing to a close some of the year-long projects that we’ve been working on. One of those projects, a revision of […]
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Living in the Future
February 26, 2014
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With a mechanical whirr, the robot lurches across an unfamiliar landscape, its treads digging in to provide traction as it follows its programmed course. The robot’s operator, checking its progress against the numbers on her screen, tsks in frustration: the robot has veered off the fairway and into a sand trap. She reaches down to […]
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We Should All Be Feminists
January 14, 2014
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Happy new year, Wildwood Middle School! I hope that you all had restful and restorative breaks. During our holiday, I found myself reflecting a great deal on what it means to raise daughters (in fairness, it’s a topic that I think about a lot anyway—I have a book of poems coming out this year titled […]
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Being Ourselves
December 4, 2013
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In the tumult of November, we missed a month here at Centered in the Middle. My apologies! This blog post stayed in a state of becoming, never quite arriving (which, I must say, felt true of the last month). That said, I have spent the past weeks enjoying many a middle-school moment, from breathless tours […]