The walls of WMHS’s long upstairs hallway, so empty in summer, are now vibrant exhibit spaces for High School and Middle School student work. With visual components a part of every quarter’s assignments, the walls teem with student wisdom.
At the Secondary level, as in Elementary, Early Childhood and Toddler communities, Montessori education reflects interdisciplinary learning, a feature of what Dr. Maria Montessori termed “Cosmic Education.” The works on the walls are one way for students to share their acquisition of information and ideas. In the slideshow, see the work of Ash and Ginkgo students, from multiple classes, that is on display.
- Senior Nancy Wang and junior Taylor Sibthorp explored Hamlet with teacher Kelly Koffman as part of their exploration of leadership in the context of identity, of leading oneself. Nancy’s poster of Hamlet’s “ghost” is shown.
- Ninth and 10th-graders worked in teams to learn about architectural features and styles characteristic of the Renaissance era in Italy; for their posters, they were required to combine information from a specified online resource with one or more pictures of structures and a hand-drawn rendition of the type of architecture being discussed.
- Some Ash students chose to make posters for part of their first quarter’s history project; the Roman Army and important mathematicians were two of their choices.
- All Ash students are combined in Forensics, the first semester Science elective. In small groups, they created posters on such topics as the 7 S’s of Crime Scene Investigation and Medulla Pigment Patterns.
- Math is another area that may unleash the creative spirit; illustrations of tessellations come together on one wall in eye-popping designs.
- Middle School students exploring the Age of Enlightenment went about their learning in multiple ways, from small group-created posters stating, analyzing and interpreting quotes by such renowned figures as Jean Jacques Rousseau and John Locke, to creating visual timelines of mathematicians and inventors, composers, published works of significant impact and other topics.
- Scientific studies carried out by Ginkgo students are also represented. The first quarter was dedicated to Environmental Science; works on the wall present illustrated graphs of such major contemporary issues as the declining ice sheets of Greenland, deforestation in the Amazon and Coral Reefs in Hot Water.
No matter what age or level you are in, please feel free to come upstairs to Secondary’s home, walk down our halls, see our students’ work across the curriculum—and send us any questions or thoughts you might have.—Sharon Dunn