Thursday, July 9, 2020

Differentiating to meet students’ needs

By Sarah Reed sarah.reed@jefferson.kyschools.us Each year students enter my classroom with different levels of knowledge and individual learning styles. Not all students learn instructional content in...
Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year Joshua Underwood gives instructions to juniors Megan Huber and Amanda Lee during chemistry class at Mason County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, Jan. 9, 2015

Podcasts offer wealth of inspiration for teachers

By Joshua Underwood josh.underwood@mason.kyschools.us Being a teacher is often as much about being an entertainer as it is being a conveyor of knowledge. We have to...

Collaboration, not competition, will lead to student success

Over the past few months, I’ve grown pretty accustomed to phone interviews. I’ve also discovered an interesting phenomenon that typically occurs during these interviews....
Kentucky 2013 Teacher of the Year Kristal Doolin laughs with her 7th-grade language arts class about how misplaced puncuation can change the meaning of a sentance at Corbin Middle School (Corbin Independent). Photo by Amy Wallot, Nov. 8, 2012

“Surreal” Can Hardly Describe It

“Surreal” — that is the word I found myself saying over and over last month as I stood in the Capitol Rotunda before my...

Sharing Our Stories

Charles Schulz's infamous Peanuts character Lucy Van Pelt once said, “Try not to have a good time...this is supposed to be educational.” Sorry, Lucy,...

21st-century skills need 21st-century assessment

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the 300s section of my school library. As part of my practicum experience for my Rank...
The State Teachers of the Year Class of 2013 held their final dinner in Princeton, N.J., earlier this month. Submitted by Kristal Doolin.

2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year bids farewell after ‘defining, incredible year’

In my first article last year, I used the word “surreal” more than once to describe being named 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year....

True learning is not measured only with a bubble sheet

A minute per question. That’s the time I was given to answer 120 multiple-choice questions on my Praxis test this morning.

Momentum is growing for teacher leadership

Leadership can take many forms. It can be take charge or by example. It can be a position or an attitude. It can be...

Creating Ripples

Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Kristal Doolin, recently spoke to a group of pre-service teachers and shared advice as they prepare to enter the...