Inside The Classroom

Inside the Classroom

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

  • Pandemic Stories: Divide and Conquer

    on January 8, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    The pandemic has affected education in countless ways for countless people. The following video, filmed during first semester, highlights two teachers at Lakeview Elementary School who are co-teaching their classes - one of them focused on in-person students, the other focused on remote learners.

  • Collaboration, creativity and connections at Science Focus Program

    on January 6, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Collaboration, creative learning and connecting the dots between different subject areas are a few of the hallmarks of the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program. There?s perhaps no better illustration of this than a project ninth-graders at the focus program completed at the end of the first semester.

  • Picture this: A more creative way to learn science

    on November 17, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Students in Mary Herrington?s eighth-grade differentiated science class combined pictures and words to explain the earth, sun and moon system. The lesson, called Art and Evidence, offers a creative outlet for students to show what they?ve learned

  • Irving students use video skills to document school during a pandemic

    on November 11, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    No one will forget what it was like to attend school during a pandemic. But Madison Granger?s eighth-grade English students will have video proof of their lives at Irving Middle School.

  • New Northeast program aims to close achievement gap

    on September 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    A new program at Lincoln Northeast High School is designed to provide the necessary skills and support to students who want to reach their full academic potential and attend a four-year college. The program is called AVID - an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination - and it?s actually an elective course that students take their entire time at Northeast, preferably starting in ninth grade.

  • FCS teachers honored

    on September 10, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Two family and consumer sciences teachers from Lincoln Public Schools were recently honored as the best in the state.

  • Teachers finding ways to connect via Zoom

    on August 26, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Belmont Elementary School first-grade teacher Hailey Greene stood in front of her 23 students and pulled out a small marker board, ready to dive into the day?s next lesson. But there was one more thing to do before she started sounding out words and letters.

  • Teachers reflect on ?surreal? end to year

    on May 26, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    We reached out to teachers across Lincoln Public Schools and asked them to reflect on what many of them described as a ?surreal? end to the 2019-20 school year. Here?s what they had to say.

  • Inside the New Classroom: Jerri Graham, Roper Elementary

    on May 14, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Teaching kindergarten remotely poses unique challenges. Kindergarteners crave socialization, movement and hands-on activities with their teachers. Still, said Roper Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jerri Graham, the process of transitioning to remote learning to finish the year has mostly been a positive for her and her students.

  • Inside the New Classroom: Special education, Pound Middle School

    on May 12, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Gregg Eckery-Widick majored in business and special education in college. He chose special education as a career for three reasons - the same reasons that drive him to this day as a teacher at Pound Middle School.

  • Inside the New Classroom: Bonnie Smith, Huntington Elementary

    on May 1, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Bonnie Smith used a word we hear a lot these days - surreal - to describe her feelings when Lincoln Public Schools transitioned to remote learning. But less than four weeks later the Huntington Elementary School fourth-grade teacher describes it differently. She uses words like ?joy? and ?comfortable? and ?encouraged.?

  • Pyrtle teacher gets creative with computer science videos

    on April 29, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Move over, Bill Nye, now there?s a computer science guy. Matt Rinne, a computer science teacher at Pyrtle Elementary School, has been creating and starring in Nye-inspired videos that teach elementary school students about the basics of computer science. The videos are available on the Lincoln Public Schools K-5 Computer Science remote learning site.

  • Family Literacy Program still reaching parents, thanks to Zoom

    on April 27, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    The Lincoln Public Schools Family Literacy Program offers students and their families an opportunity to learn together. Parents improve their English skills, learn critical job skills and how to access community resources, and gain a better understanding of education so they can help their children with schoolwork.Now you can add Zoom to the list of skills parents learn.

  • Middle school students spread hope through art

    on April 17, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Hope. Connections. Care. Future. For most people - including students - these words carry different meanings than they did a month ago. They?re a handful of the themes that Lincoln Public Schools middle-school art teachers are asking their students explore during the coming weeks.

  • Inside the New Classroom: Lexi Gardner, Lincoln High

    on April 15, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    At first, Lexi Gardner was overwhelmed by the idea of converting her classroom courses to remote learning. ?I kept thinking there was no way,? said the Lincoln High School English teacher. But her outlook changed the more she dug into the challenge and collaborated with her colleagues.

  • Idea hatched: Embryology unit goes online

    on April 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    For many students at Lincoln Public Schools, the third-grade embryology unit is a highlight of their elementary years - maybe even a memory they cherish through high school graduation. Schools complete the unit at different times throughout the year, so COVID-19 and the subsequent shift to remote learning raised the possibility that third-graders from 13 schools would not experience the unit and its culmination: baby chicks emerging from their eggs.

  • Humann teacher honored for her creative history lessons

    on March 3, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    A fourth-grade teacher at Humann Elementary School has been honored for her ?creativity and imagination? in teaching history to her students. History Nebraska, a state agency originally called the Nebraska State Historical Society, honored Stacey Haney with its Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • 'Really cool science' at Park Middle School

    on February 25, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Dave Beatty likes his tea cold - very cold. Students in his sixth-grade differentiated science class at Park Middle School are learning how their teacher can best keep his tea chilled. They?re studying thermal energy transfer.

  • LPS P.E. teachers honored as best in Nebraska

    on January 31, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Three physical education teachers from Lincoln Public Schools have been honored as the best in Nebraska. The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) of Nebraska announced the winners during its annual conference in November. They?re now scheduled to be recognized at the Feb. 25 Lincoln Board of Education meeting.

  • LPS, LES partnership powers valuable physics lesson

    on January 29, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    There are nearly 900 wind turbines operating in Nebraska, providing more than 14 percent of the state?s energy. Thanks to a partnership with Lincoln Electric System (LES), a group of physics students at Lincoln North Star High School recently learned firsthand what it takes for a turbine to produce all of that valuable energy. LES provided physics teacher Karen Covil and her students all of the supplies necessary to construct and test energy produced by miniature turbines. Students used

  • One hour at Dawes Middle School

    on December 20, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    One English class. One math class. One music class. One common thread of creativity, both in teaching and learning. One hour at Dawes Middle School.

  • Addition to reading program already showing results

    on December 2, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Lincoln Public Schools has implemented Heggerty Phonemic Awareness into its core reading program for first and second grade this year. Learn more about this innovative approach to reading instruction and see how it's already making a difference in classrooms across the city.

  • Students learn history of Rome, plan future of Lincoln

    on November 19, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Trevor Shalon?s seventh-grade world history students at Moore Middle School have been studying how cities in ancient Rome were structured and organized. To better understand the past, Shalon had them think about the future of Lincoln. Their assignment: to design a future use for a currently undeveloped plot of land near 93rd Street and Old Cheney Road.

  • One hour at Meadow Lane, a lifetime of lessons

    on November 6, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    A recent visit to Meadow Lane Middle Elementary School, located just east of 70th and Vine streets, offered a glimpse into how much can be accomplished in one hour within Lincoln Public Schools. There were engaging and thoughtful reading and math lessons that will lay the foundation for future success inside the classroom. There were lessons about trust and teamwork that will prepare students for a lifetime of success within school walls and beyond.

  • Irving art teacher honored as best in the state

    on October 11, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    For the second time in three years, a Lincoln Public Schools art teacher has been honored as the best in the state. Kacee Conley from Irving Middle School was recently named the 2019 Middle School Art Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association. She received the award Sept. 27 at the organization's state conference in Nebraska City.

  • Tackling two-step word problems at Prescott

    on October 9, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Students in Kaylee Towe's second-grade class at Prescott Elementary School recently worked on two-step word problems as part of their latest math unit.

  • Hands-on science at Pound Middle School

    on September 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    On a recent Tuesday morning, you could feel the energy inside Anica Brown?s seventh-grade science classroom at Pound Middle School. And it wasn't just from the day's lesson that asked students to compare thermal energy to electrical energy. You could feel the students' energy, too, especially after they conducted experiments and discussed their findings in small groups. Brown then asked the full class for volunteers to share their observations.

  • 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.

  • Campbell stresses reading fluency in school improvement plan

    on December 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Campbell Elementary School is focused on improving students? reading fluency this year, one part of a School Improvement Plan - or SIP - that identifies three areas of potential improvement for the north Lincoln school. Every school within Lincoln Public Schools develops its own SIP, which involves analyzing achievement data, finding strengths and weaknesses, setting an improvement goal and implementing a plan to improve student learning - which is always the ultimate goal.

  • Full STEAM ahead for innovative new middle-school course

    on November 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    A new course for sixth-graders at Moore and Goodrich middle schools encourages students to think outside the box, but a recent lesson had them focused on what was inside the box - a potato chip, in this case. The course, Design Thinking, is being piloted this year at the two schools. It's a STEAM course (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) that focuses on collaborative work and developing students' problem-solving abilities.

  • Guided reading at Randolph Elementary School

    on October 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Guided reading is an integral part of elementary instruction in Lincoln Public Schools. In grades kindergarten through second, for example, each teacher has three to four guided reading groups and meets with each one daily.

  • Lincoln High's Jensen named state teacher of the year

    on October 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Lincoln High School ninth-grade English teacher Sydney Jensen has been named 2019 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

  • East social studies teacher strives to bring "laughter and joy" to her classroom

    on October 9, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Who says learning history can't be fun? Not Alise Pape, that's for sure. The history teacher at Lincoln East High School is known for putting a creative twist on many of her lessons, frequently incorporating art, video creation, debates and speeches. In other words, fun.

  • Diverse research project connects Belmont third-graders to the world

    on October 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Belmont Elementary School third grade students completed a research project based on one essential question - "How do cultures contribute to a community?".

  • Arts & Humanities adds digital focus to its palette of coursework

    on October 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    The Lincoln Public Schools Arts and Humanities Focus Program has added a series of courses that focus on the digital components of art.

  • Northeast sees major upgrades to auto, welding labs

    on September 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Students and teachers at Lincoln Northeast High School are reaping the benefits of major renovations and upgrades to the school's auto and welding labs that were finished this summer.

  • Algebra lesson takes center stage at Dawes

    on September 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Jared Wadell is not a theater teacher, but there he stood, on the auditorium stage at Dawes Middle School, explaining the day?s algebra lesson to his eighth-grade students. For this production, students would be the stars and their props would be motion sensors.

  • The strength of power writing at Adams Elementary

    on September 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Beginning this year, third-grade teachers in Lincoln Public Schools are employing a powerful new method to help teach writing. It?s called ?power writing,? and its effectiveness was on full display recently at Adams Elementary School.

  • Career Academy adds criminal justice pathway

    on September 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    The Career Academy (TCA) has added its 17th career pathway, criminal justice, and it's already in high demand. Nearly 50 students are enrolled in the pathway, which offers dual-credit courses designed to prepare students for additional college coursework in criminal justice and potential careers that include law enforcement, investigations, county court, corrections and homeland security.

  • 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.