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Transition by Design
November 30, 2017
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   When students move from elementary to middle school, they go from being the oldest, and most respected kids on campus to the youngest, and often smallest, residents on a campus that not only looks but also feels unfamiliar. Their academic and social lives can change considerably between 5th […]
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ASM Meets ZPD: What’s That?
May 12, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   There’s a Wildwood tradition that’s a familiar rite of passage on our elementary campus, and fairly unique almost everywhere else. Every Friday, it looks something like this:   An 11 year-old stands on a lighted stage, the sole focus of a crowd of over 400 people. She’s there […]
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(Self) Task Masters
November 5, 2015
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach Navigating elementary school isn’t easy. It shouldn’t be. There’s content to be mastered, skills to be learned, and social connections to be made along the way to middle school and beyond.   Beyond proficiency in reading, writing, and computation (remember the Three R’s?) research now shows us that students […]
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Project + Purpose + Presentation = The Wildwood Way
December 18, 2014
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Wildwood students know their learning often attracts an authentic audience. Whether it’s a student-led conference, a Gateway presentation, or an artistic performance, our students learn in a culture that partially defines success as the ability to stand and deliver: articulately presenting and letting the work stand on its merits. We know these opportunities are great […]
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East-West Encounter: Japanese Educators Visit Wildwood
June 6, 2012
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At Wildwood, we believe in sharing.  Through the Wildwood Outreach Center, we share our best educational practices with educators locally, nationally, and internationally.  This week the Outreach Center welcomed a visit by eight early childhood and early elementary educators from Japan, who visited the elementary campus to see the best of Wildwood in action. After […]
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The power of words
March 7, 2012
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At Wildwood, words and relationships matter, and that’s clear even when you drop in on the K-1 Whale Pod and spend some time with our youngest students. I arrived before class started and most students were already in the room, anticipating their day.  Some set up chairs at the four small, kid-sized tables.  Others check […]
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Come out and play!
February 16, 2012
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At Wildwood, play is important, encouraged, and often, inspired. At the Wildwood speedway pod students teamed up with partners: one sits on a colored, platform scooter and the other stands behind with hands on partner’s shoulders, ready to “drive” around the figure-8 Wildwood Speedway track. Fun, right? It’s also about the art of negotiation. Wildwood […]
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Smooth like butter
December 15, 2011
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You may not typically associate butter with high drama, but in Sarah Simon’s 2nd grade class, drama, butter, and honey seem to go hand-in-hand. Drama #1: the disappearance of honey bees. This is what prompted the class to undertake a honey butter-making endeavor. They were sitting in their morning meeting not long ago when one […]
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Think like a scientist
November 30, 2011
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Things are not always what they seem in the world of science. That was the lesson on Tuesday in Anna Boucher and Christie Carter’s 3rd grade science class. The day marked the conclusion of a two-month experiment that sought to answer the question, “Will Wildwood’s soil grow healthy plants?” The answer, kids discovered, was not […]
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Games. Songs. Stories. Could learning Spanish really be this much fun?
October 6, 2011
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Its 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the Whale Pod—one of Wildwood’s four multi-age kindergarten/1st grade classes, is ramping up. “¡Hola!” greets Catalina Hernandez, one of the elementary school Spanish teachers. “¿Comó estas?” As she speaks, Catalina’s whole body seems to say hello: her facial expression is exaggerated, she waves excitedly, and she practically sweeps […]