While Wildwood students enjoy their last few days of summer break, teachers here are deeply engaged in their practice. During a week of opening meetings, one day was devoted to envisioning the Wildwood School graduate of the future. How would we prepare this person for her life?
By convening groups of mixed grade levels and disciplines to discuss and define the qualities of the ideal Wildwood graduate, we enjoyed a broad perspective in our morning meetings. After lunch, we met in subject-area groups, with a specific task: Communicate a vision of a future Wildwood graduate’s qualities and accomplishments.
Drawing on sound progressive educational practice, each small group choose a variety of ways to communicate their vision, including images, writing, and performance.
Wildwood’s visual arts teachers discussed how they wanted to surprise their peers by presenting their ideas in a performance art piece. “They’ll all be expecting us to do something visual,” says upper school art teacher, Laura Forsythe, “but they won’t be expecting that.”
The kindergarten through 12th grade math teachers brought down the house with a hip hop vision of the ideal Wildwood graduate through their subject-area lens (check out these talented teachers in the video link below).
Humanities and Spanish teachers depicted the ideal graduate through representational figures—both human and animal—symbolizing their most important qualities through images and words.
At Wildwood, we practice what we preach, so our teachers’ work this (and every) day reflects what our graduates will need as they take their experiences into the world— a clear sense of purpose, strong content-area knowledge, and the ability to work together to find novel solutions to authentic problems.
~ By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach, Teaching, and Learning