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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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A Time To Reflect… And To Look Ahead
May 30, 2012
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At Wildwood, we value reflection; we ask our students and ourselves to take stock in what we do well, what we’d like to do better, and how we’ve grown over time. In her 8th grade Gateway presentation today, Kaiya K. charts her growth over the past two years in Division Two; highlighting her educational strengths […]
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Best Buds
May 23, 2012
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Our approach at Wildwood is very intentionally age-mixed. The benefits of blending kids of slightly varying ages and abilities are clear, both in the classroom, and out. On a recent Tuesday on the elementary campus, I watched two groups of students entering the Big Yard in straight lines from opposite corners.  The 3rd graders, coming […]
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The Division Two Blues
May 17, 2012
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The drums and bass guitar set the rhythm together.  Layer in a subtle electric guitar riff and now the depth is real, followed by a bluesy accent of electric piano.  The spoken-word lyrics tell the rest of this sad song’s story: “The Homework Blues” (click HERE to listen).  This Wildwood version is a totally original […]
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Poetic License
May 9, 2012
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Today in Sandi Crozier’s language arts class, 5th grader, Tai R., offers me this poetic riddle: I’m with you 24/7 and 365 I can see you but you can’t see me I rely on you and you rely on me But you’re always hurting me What am I? I scratch my head, trying to come […]
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Envisioning Their Future
May 3, 2012
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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Over the past  month, Wildwood 9th graders have been creating a Class of 2015 time capsule. The advisory project presents each student with a unique opportunity to envision their dreams for the future. Students are tasked with crafting a […]
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What’s on Deck? Wooly Pockets!
April 25, 2012
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When middle school science teacher, Deborah Orlik, told me that her 8th grade environmental science class would be planting a vegetable garden on Wildwood’s deck, I didn’t know what to expect. The middle/upper school deck could definitely use a verdant makeover, now mostly a scattering of lunch tables and faculty parking spaces. As I walked […]
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Discovering California History
April 18, 2012
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Colleen McGee’s morning message to her 4th grade class set the stage for the day’s social studies lesson: “Good morning, Rancheros!”  Today, Colleen, along with associate teacher Carolyn Peralta, will lead their 4th graders through a persuasive writing exercise set in early 19th Century California- Mexican California, that is.  Their students will be writing letters […]
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Physics First, Designed to Last
April 11, 2012
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“Can I get some volunteers to hold lasers?  We’re going to see sound by making our own laser show.” On the day I visit Andrew Lappin’s ninth grade conceptual physics class I immediately know that it’s not like anything I remembered from high school.  There are no dry textbook readings or worksheets. No dated filmstrips […]
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Planting Seeds Across the Atlantic– Wildwood Goes to London
March 22, 2012
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I traveled alone, but I took Wildwood with me. Last week I had the opportunity to take the best of Wildwood and its advisory program to coach the middle school faculty at The American School in London (ASL). For years, Wildwood School has been nationally recognized for defining educational best practices with our advisory programs […]