Thursday, April 2, 2020
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.

Technology meets outdoors

GIS, GPS tools guide students through surroundings By Susan Riddell susan.riddell@education.ky.gov Ever wondered why a certain plant is prominent in one part of your county but not another? Maybe you’re curious as to how urbanization and growth affect...
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.
Mike Sexton, a teacher and technology coordinator at Montgomery County High School, supervises then-senior Sara Wood and then-junior Aaron Donathan as they fix a computer and printer for another teacher April 27, 2010. Districts are expanding their information technology programs to help students get skills necessary to succeed after high school. Photo by Amy Wallot

Students, teachers adapting to technology advancements

Even 10 years ago, the phrase “less than a computer but more than a calculator” might have generated a collective shoulder shrug from students. But that was then, and this is now. Educator Mike Sexton envisions such devices as learning tools in the years to come.
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.”
Resources

Book serves as guide to effective dance instruction

By Tamara Buchanan Caldwell County Elementary School tamara.buchanan@caldwell.kyschools.us 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...
Aaron Howard, left, and Clay Saunders, both 8th-graders, demonstrate how the trackway is used for observation as part of Mason County Middle School’s outdoor classroom May 25, 2010. “Taking our students outside has been exhilarating, providing us with an opportunity to have fresh new approaches to teaching and more opportunities for students to set up inquiry experiments,” teacher Grant Felice said. Photo by Amy Wallot

Let’s take it outside

Mason County Middle School offers learning in the great outdoors By Susan Riddell susan.riddell@education.ky.gov Science students at Mason County Middle School spent part of the 2009-10 school year learning outdoors. No field trip was required, however. Students...
Della Kemper helps 4th-grade student Chase Gilbert with fire safety questions during Kemper’s health class at Miles Elementary School (Erlanger-Elsmere Independent) April 26, 2010. Miles Elementary is going into its second year using a standards-based grading system that replaces traditional grades A-D and F with standards set by teachers and students. Photo by Amy Wallot

Miles Elementary goes to standards-based grading

For the second year in a row, students at Miles Elementary School (Erlanger-Elsmere Independent) won’t receive grades. Yet teachers and the principal say students and their parents are better informed about what the children know – and what skills and information they still need to master. Bryant Gillis, in his seventh year as principal, said he never figured out in his 36 years in education what an A really means.