December 7, 2018

High School Students Put Physics Lessons into Practice to Catch Falling Pumpkins

April 20, 2018

What are your students looking at?

That’s what a passer-by asks me as my seventh grade students worked at a site on State Street. Yes, it looks to that passer-by as if the students are looking at and taking notes about nothing:  an empty space, a hole in the ground for construction.  Yet these students are engaged in learning that is so distinctive of City Academy.  They were doing field work for their investigation into whether Liberty Sky, a proposed 300’ tower of luxury apartments, is […]
March 20, 2018
benefits of online course

The Benefits of Classrooms Over Online Courses

As the internet has become a bigger and bigger part of all walks of life, online education is on the rise in a huge way. The potential advantages of online classes are numerous, from convenience to cost to overall time flexibility. While these benefits can be very real in many situations, though, excitement over the new big thing in the learning industry has masked a few similarly real downsides to the online classroom. The format doesn’t work for everyone, and many […]
January 31, 2018

Minds On, Mouths On – Engaging Classroom Discussion for Learning

“I want to go back to Simon’s point.” Emma has been waiting patiently for several minutes.  She’s been leaning forward, eyes following the conversation, as these seventh grade students have kept their exchange going for much longer than we had expected, and with the intensity of thought that we do expect. “I want to go back to Simon’s point because I’ve changed my mind.” The 7th grade Utah Studies students are discussing an issue that at first impression might not […]
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