Inside The Classroom

Inside the Classroom

Stories, Photos and Video that Highlight Teaching and Learning Inside Lincoln Public Schools

  • Students close the book on a busy summer of learning

    on July 12, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Roughly 160 seniors from Lincoln Public Schools completed their graduation requirements by finishing six weeks of summer school on July 11. More than 1,700 LPS high school students attended summer classes throughout the city. The overwhelming majority of them used summer school as a way to earn additional credits outside the traditional school year. Course offerings included oral communications, geoscience, economics and government and politics.

  • Summer Tech Program builds on students' creativity, critical thinking skills

    on June 26, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    The Lincoln Public Schools Summer Technology Program, now in its 21st year, provides a fun, unique experience that builds on technology-based learning that students in grades four through nine are exposed to during the school year.

  • Teaching, learning continue during summer across LPS

    on June 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    The hallways at Belmont Elementary School are mostly quiet during the summer, but listen closely and you?ll hear a familiar sound coming from some of the classrooms: teaching and learning.

  • Stanford study is latest LPS effort to teach digital citizenship

    on June 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Lincoln Public Schools was one of only two school districts in the country to participate recently in a Stanford University research study that gathered classroom feedback about teaching effective online fact-checking skills.

  • Arts & Humanities seniors present capstone projects

    on May 14, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    The 13 graduating seniors from the Lincoln Public Schools Arts and Humanities Focus Program presented their capstone projects last week, the culmination of four years of creative growth and academic exploration.

  • Science Focus Program students learn lessons in research - and much more

    on May 7, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Flexural Strength, Elasticity and Occupational Uses for Starch Based Plastic. Distribution and Diversity of Forb Species from Eastern to Western Nebraska. How did British Policies and Weapon Advancements Affect India in the 19th Century? Fossil Diatom Evidence from Miocene Sea-ice Development in the Southern Ocean. Those were just a few of the mind-blowing research topics explored in depth by seniors at the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program this year. They presented their findings

  • Science lesson takes flight at Wysong Elementary

    on April 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    The 116 first-graders at Wysong Elementary School have been learning about life cycles as part of the Lincoln Public Schools science curriculum. A month ago, they welcomed caterpillars into their classrooms. This week, those students waved goodbye to butterflies as they fluttered away from the school, located in south Lincoln near 56th Street and Pine Lake Road.

  • High energy and Whole Brain Teaching at Sheridan

    on April 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Someone new to Emily Wiebeck's third-grade classroom at Sheridan Elementary School might think she looks as much like a musical conductor as a teacher. Her arms and hands dart and weave and wave in every direction throughout the day. She's not leading a musical ensemble, though. She's guiding her 23 students through lessons in reading, writing and math using an instructional method called Whole Brain Teaching. This method is intended to maximize student engagement by focusing on mimicry, which

  • Fresh powder, fresh idea for PE unit at Lefler

    on March 15, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Lefler Middle School physical education teacher Jeff Pappas had an idea earlier this month to turn a negative - all of that snow that fell on Lincoln - and turn it into a positive: a cross-country skiing unit for his eighth-grade classes.

  • Schoo social studies teacher sings history to life

    on February 28, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Cody Thatcher is definitely not a vocal music teacher. 'I can't sing at all,' said the seventh-grade social studies teacher from Schoo Middle School. What he can do is teach history - and teach it very creatively. Thatcher is known among students, colleagues and parents for incorporating history lessons into parody versions of popular songs. Under the alias DJ Thatch, he writes the lyrics, records the songs, then posts them as YouTube videos with the lyrics displayed on the screen while the

  • Park Middle School students crunch data, predict the future for LPS schools

    on February 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    With all the discussion about enrollment growth in Lincoln Public Schools and planning for future facility needs, an eighth-grade algebra class from Park Middle School has its own prediction: Plan for a new middle school in the year 2100. That was one of many findings and predictions made by the students in teacher Jordan Neukirch?s fifth-period differentiated algebra class as part of a three-day project in which they analyzed enrollment data for LPS middle schools.

  • Irving students learn hands-on science lesson from school resource officer

    on January 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Sarah Gergen?s eighth-grade science students at Irving Middle School are learning about measuring the motion of objections - speed, velocity, acceleration - as well as electromagnetic energy and the electromagnetic spectrum. On a recent afternoon, they witnessed a real-world application of those lessons, thanks to a surprise visitor to their classroom.

  • Using tire marks to learn math at Scott Middle School

    on May 7, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Some 8th-grade algebra students at Scott Middle School were treated to a creative class lesson recently when their guest teacher was a sheriff?s deputy who peeled out in his cruiser on a blocked-off street outside the school, then slammed on the brakes to leave tire marks that stretched more than 50 feet. The math lesson left an impression on more than Hazel Scott Drive. Students were wide-eyed during the outdoor demonstration and equally engaged when they moved inside afterwards for the

  • Students learn to 'Take Charge' of financial future

    on February 14, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    LPS has offered and required the Take Charge course since the 2013-14 school year. Students learn a combination of career and personal finance content, including writing resumes, gauging career interests, planning their finances and exploring college or employment options after high school. They also go through mock interviews and job shadow a professional in a field of their choice.

  • Class combines embroidery, computer programming

    on January 23, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    You don?t typically see an embroidery machine woven into the curriculum of a computer programming class ? but that?s exactly what happened last week at Southeast High School. Students in Alan Holdorf?s fourth-period computer programming class used an online program called TurtleStitch. The program allowed them to write computer code for embroidery designs, which were then transferred to a flash drive and plugged into an embroidery machine that stitched the final product on its own.

  • Molding mathematicians at Hartley Elementary

    on January 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Hartley Elementary School first-grade teacher Amber Atkinson recently used a word problem about donuts to teach her students about ?10s and ones,? part of a larger math unit on place value. The donuts weren?t real of course, but the students were gobbling up the math lesson.

  • 'Whoa!' Landslides and volcanoes at Zeman Elementary

    on December 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Kelly Frankenberg?s fifth-grade science class at Zeman Elementary School recently witnessed a series of landslides that caused mass destruction, topped off by a volcanic eruption near the end of class. These events were simulated, of course, and small enough to fit on a paper plate - but Frankenberg used them to teach her students about how events such as these can alter the earth?s surface, part of a larger science unit about rocks and minerals.