Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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.”

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.