Seniors Solve Physics Challenges with Simulated Robots and Real Persistence

Can failure be a learning tool? What’s the learning value of “trial and error?” From discussions of teaching “persistence” and “grit” to current educational trends such as making and tinkering, Design Thinking, and hands-on STEM learning, many teachers and schools are embracing opportunities for students to learn through doing and to use inquiry and discovery […]

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Calculus Class Builds Textbook from Student Demonstration Videos

In the University Prep Math Department, students record video demonstrations of their problem solving in order to show their learning and create resources for their peers. Starting in 6th grade and reaching up into the highest-level electives, these videos of assorted concepts or theorems challenge students to work math problems while narrating their process, revealing […]

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Students Practice French “Extemporaire” with Video Discussions


One of the Language Department’s goals is to increase students’ opportunities to speaking and converse in their target language. To complement their in-class activities, French teacher Holly Woodson has students record themselves speaking improvisationally and post these brief recordings to class-wide discussion threads in Schoology. As opposed to more scripted assignments, in these “vlog (video blog) postings,” students […]

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Student Demonstrations of Learning Using Pen and Ink

University Prep Academic Dean Richard Kassissieh and Director of Academic Technology Jeff Tillinghast presented student work as a paper and presentation at the 9th Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology in Education. The paper, entitled “Student Demonstrations of Learning: Making Thinking Visible Using Pen and Touch,” demonstrated ways in which U Prep […]

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Of Mice, Men, and Instagram


Academic Dean Richard Kassissieh (@Kassissieh) wrote this article about Carl Faucher’s 7th Grade English curriculum for edSocialMedia, first posted on February 4. How can middle school students begin to recognize complexity and empathize with characters in literature? In a conventional approach, a teacher might pose thought-provoking questions to students and draw their attention to key passages in the story. However, this approach […]

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How Full are Our iPads?


How full are all of the devices on campus? This is a snapshot of all iPads on our network on January 25, 2015. Click here to download and share the full-page .PDF. If you want to learn more about what U Prep offers to help manage storage, see “How Much Storage Does Your iPad Need?“

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7th Grade Students Demonstrate Paragraph Construction


7th grade students in Carl Faucher’s English class have been studying how to write strong, thesis-driven paragraphs. Using examples from their character analysis of Of Mice and Men or from their own persuasive writing, students put together these instructional videos demonstrating the elements of a well-constructed paragraph. Students combined an iPad app called Explain Everything […]

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