All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT: Eva Carlston Academy, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls, is mindful of the quality of education it provides its clients. In addition to being particular about the qualifications of the teachers they hire, they also pay close attention to how the students are taught. While it is important for students to have a strong grasp of the material in each content area, they find the students do not really get excited about what they are learning until they can understand the practical application of the material they are learning. For example, students have a difficult time seeing how the quadratic equation learned in algebra will have any impact on or application in the future. Unless a student goes into science, engineering or the military, there is a good chance she will not use the quadratic equation again, and students know that. However, when it is pointed out that they will probably never use this again, but that the critical thinking and analytical skills gained by learning this equation will help them not only complete high school, but help in college, the workforce, and personal life, do the students begin to buy-in to what is being taught.
Eva Carlston finds that many students have an aversion to school when they first enter the program. However, after a few weeks, that perception changes. One student commented, "I hated school for a long time and I felt that my teachers did not care about me. But after being here, I can now see why I need to learn what I do and I am actually planning on graduating high school and going to college, two things I never thought I would do.” English teacher Larry Bohne commented, “Knowing I have the expectation to point out the practical application of what I am teaching, I am more intentional about what I choose to teach. If I can’t find a real-world application, then why teach it?”
Part of the real-world application for which Eva Carlston strives includes an experiential element. Students go out into the community to apply what they are learning. Be it an art exhibit, a cultural event, research opportunities, multi-day trips, or a hands-on activity planned by a teacher, students are encouraged to think beyond passing a quiz or test to applying what they learn in other settings. Bohne continues, “When students apply what they learn to other situations, especially cross discipline, not only do they retain the information and skills better, but they begin to see school not as a multitude of unrelated subjects, but as a collective that contributes to preparing them for the future. When they can see that, they are excited to learn. And that makes any effort I make worth it.”
About Eva Carlston Academy
Eva Carlston Academy (UT) is a residential treatment center located near the urban center of Salt Lake City. The program serves young women between the ages of 12 and 18 in a clinically intense, family-style program which focuses upon creating opportunities for students to explore the arts while working toward continued growth and healing.