Saturday, February 27, 2021
Students listen during Jocelyne A.M. Waddle’s French IV Advanced Placement class at Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent) May 17, 2010. Waddle, a native of France, is one of several foreign language teachers around the state using the draft world language standards created by the Kentucky World Language Association Teacher Network. Photo by Amy Wallot

Use it or lose it: World languages focus on communication

Kentucky students who go to a foreign country are sometimes faced with a significant problem – they can’t ask for food. More specifically, they can’t order the food they want, according to Jacque Van Houten, world language and international education consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.
New Haven Elementary School (Boone County) art teacher Norita Alexander, left, Assistant Principal Sandy Collette, center, and special education teacher Tara Wittrock review behavior referrals for their school during the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) workshop in Covington June 10, 2010. More than 20 school districts in Kentucky have implemented the PBIS model, which is designed to reduce discipline problems and increase student learning across all grade levels. Photo by Amy Wallot

Positively rewarding

Students go to school to learn, make friends and gain invaluable experiences to take with them beyond the walls of a school building.
Terry and Sarah Hodges listen to tour guide Frank Webster, left, talk about the standalone kitchen at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, during the Project Archaeology workshop in Louisville June 22, 2010. Terry Hodges is a kindergarten assistant at Tully Elementary School (Jefferson County), and Sarah Hodges is a 3rd-grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School (Jefferson County). Photo by Amy Wallot

Dig it

Students in schools across Kentucky are using buttons to learn about sorting, color, shapes and classification, all while drawing inferences about the objects’ owner. Teachers are using original source documents to produce informed citizens, voters and leaders. All are happening because of archaeology, a word not even found in the Program of Studies, according to A. Gwynn Henderson, archaeologist and education coordinator with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS), jointly administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council and the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology.
Biology teacher Jon Ezzell helps (pictured left to right) freshmen Hannah Moore, Emily Flener, Mariah Lanoire and Darah Doss with an experiment analyzing DNA during Principles of the Biomedical Sciences class at Muhlenberg County High School May 20, 2010. Muhlenberg County High is one of several Kentucky schools implementing the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences pathway for their students. Photo by Amy Wallot

Project Lead the Way adds biomedical science courses

Last year, 47 students at Muhlenberg County High School used hands-on activities to study diabetes to learn about homeostasis and metabolism, and they investigated sickle-cell disease while learning about genetics and DNA.
Biology consultant Ann Griffin, left, works with Holmes High School (Covington Independent) teacher Elaine Eifert and Warren Central High School (Warren County) teacher Joey Norman on an experiment during the 2010 Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute at Western Kentucky University June 28, 2010. The institute provides AP teachers the opportunity to share experiences and brainstorm ways to improve teaching strategies and methods. Photo by Amy Wallot

The place to be

Some teachers come to network. Some want to know about testing changes. Others pick up new strategies for classroom learning, while others want a challenge for themselves. But the common bond they all share is they want to be better Advanced Placement (AP) teachers.

Stop and smell the tomatoes

Fuqua, a family consumer science teacher at Bryan Station High School (Fayette County), started a school garden at her school last year. She incorporates the garden with core content to make her students more aware of what the physical world offers them on a daily basis. “A garden is a place to do something yourself that has visible results,” Fuqua said. ”This builds pride and a connection with nature and the world around us that I feel is incredibly important to a person’s life. I believe that people need a break from the technologies around them a few moments out of each day to stop and smell the tomatoes.”

Book serves as guide to effective dance instruction

By Tamara Buchanan Caldwell County Elementary School As a physical education (PE) teacher who uses dance instruction in my classes at Caldwell County Elementary School, Terrie White’s The Elements of Dance is a book other PE...
Teachers Daniel Pagan and Stephanie Arnold work with a student in the sensory room at Dry Ridge Elementary School (Grant County) May 4, 2010. Pagan is one of the five teachers Arnold has mentored in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program, which is designed to provide assistance to new teachers. Photo by Amy Wallot

Experienced teachers give KTIPs to assist first-year counterparts

Many teachers across Kentucky are walking into classrooms as professional teachers for the first time this month. Danny Pagan, who teaches students with special needs at Dry Ridge Elementary School (Grant County), wants them to know that no two days are ever the same. “For me, every new day is like a canvas,” said the former graphic designer now in his fifth year teaching. “I will most definitely bring my paint brush and all my colors, yet the picture I paint may be different than the one I planned.”
Freshman Jenny McIntosh, left, Jerrika Combs, center, and Emily Wink use treadmills that were donated to Daviess County High School by a local hospital as part of the district’s Graduation 2010 program. The program, which was originally designed to expose students to the arts, has grown to include components such as music, foreign language, literacy, critical thinking, physical and emotional health, and family and community involvement. Photo by Amy Wallot

Graduation 2010 part of Daviess County identity

It started out as an idea to introduce students to critical thinking beyond what traditional textbooks and lessons offer. Now it’s a part of who they are.
Benny Lile reviews tips in Google Docs with technology resource teachers Melissa Moss, left, and Valerie Stokes at Barren County High School April 22, 2010. “By being a forward-looking technology director, he allows us, teachers, students and others around him to explore the different avenues of technology that will enhance the educational experiences of the students in our district,” Moss said. Photo by Amy Wallot

Beyond bits and bytes

In what has become a familiar scene, Benny Lile was greeted with numerous well wishes from his Facebook friends on his birthday in January. But for Lile, director of Instruction and Technology for the Barren County school district, a message from a former student who works in Centre College’s IT department stood out.