Friday, April 10, 2020
Spotlight

Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered

I’ve finally done it. It took five years, but I have photographed all of Kentucky’s 174 school districts, plus the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind. 
Brandon Hensley, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Southern Middle School (Pulaski County), has developed a staged-discipline plan that has been proven to lower the numbers of referrals at his school. Hensley presented the discipline plan, which is designed to keep students in the classroom, in June at the Let's TALK: Conversations about Effective Teaching and Learning Conference in Lexington. Photo by Mike Marsee, June 13, 2017

Keeping students with discipline problems in the classroom

A Pulaski County middle school teacher found a way to decrease referrals and increase student learning.
Second-grade teacher Mary Fryer looks over Doug Hogan's painting of rain putting out fire during a class at Clay Elementary School (Webster County). As part of their aboriginal art project, students wrote short stories to go along with their paintings. Photo by Amy Wallot, Jan. 28, 2015

Teaching students to think globally

In order to compete in the 21st century economy, Kentucky students must learn to think globally. Fourteen elementary and middle schools across the state will become models for implementing globally competency into schools’ curriculum.
Doug Ahrens displays in the Bourbon County bus garage some of the scenes from 'The Nutcracker' ballet that he recreated using dolls. Brenna R. Kelly, Nov. 6, 2015

At 93 years old, Bourbon County bus dispatcher still shares his love of learning

Retired science teacher Doug Ahrens now dispatches buses for the district where he’s spent nearly six decades. And he has no plans to retire again.
Nawanna Privett is sworn in by Judge Phillip Shepherd as the newest member of the Kentucky Board of Education during last week's meeting in Frankfort, Ky. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 6, 2012

Teachers to help decide cut scores on K-PREP results

Kentucky Board of Education acts on testing regulations changes.

Kentucky Teacher has Kentucky covered Part II

By Amy Wallot amy.wallot@education.ky.gov This is the second installment of photos from every district. (Click here for the first installment.) When my blog returns in January, I’ll have the final installment of the districts. Then I’ll...
Literacy Coach Debbie Baker works with Desmond Hernandez, a 2nd-grader at Simmons Elementary, on building words with magnetic letters. The school uses the letters, white boards and sound boxes to help students build literacy skills. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 9, 2017

Building literacy from the ground up

At Simmons Elementary guided reading and a literacy coach help move more students to reading proficiency by 3rd grade.
Library media specialist Terri Kirk talks with a group of about their favorite books at Reidland High School (McCracken County). Photo by Amy Wallot, Dec. 11, 2012

Getting students excited about reading

Reidland library media specialist offers suggestions to foster a love of books, both old and new.
Justin Scott tells junior Zan Speed that her example of a quadric equation open response question was that first that has been turned into him with a distinguished score at Murray High School (Murray Independent). Photo by Amy Wallot, May 12, 2015

Test taking time

The end of the school year brings excitement and a bit of relief. For high school students, the relief comes after finished end-of-course exams. That’s what I came across as I visited Murray High School in the Murray Independent school district, a District of Distinction.
Zoe Castle, an 8th-grader at Johnson County Middle School and academic team captain, writes down a math problem during a quick recall match. The school's academic team has won the Governor's Cup 15 times. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 19, 2018

Governor’s Cup makes academics “in”

For 32 years, Kentucky schools have been competing for the Governor’s Cup in a statewide academic competition designed to mirror athletics.