Category: Student Work

Making Ancient Demons with Modern Tools: 3D Modeling and Printing Masks in Stagecraft


Masked Theatre is one of the oldest traditions in stagecraft, allowing actors to transform themselves into ghosts, caricatures or mythical beasts.  To stage Four Japanese Ghost Stories by Eric Coble, middle school students in Stagecraft explored traditional Japanese theatre and mythology. In particular, the play features three demons known as Oni, which the students had to create for the performance. […]

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Projecting to Prevent Extinction


How do you capture people’s attention? Christina Serkowski’s Environmental Ethics elective asks students to see climate change as a story. As part of the course, students design an independent project on a topic of their choosing. Students pick a topic of interest and find ways to communicate their topic to their audience.  Inspired by the documentary Racing Extinction, juniors […]

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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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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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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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6 Word Memoirs from Middle School English

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6th-8th grade English classes wrote 6 Word Memoirs and created images of them on their iPads. Inspired by a classic writing prompt, the English faculty added another layer to the prompt by having students find images which supported their 6-word-long autobiographies. Using the Skitch app, students wrote their memoirs onto the images to create their […]

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