Inside The Classroom

Inside the Classroom

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

  • Heritage School: At Home Edition

    on May 21, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Visiting the Heritage School at Pioneers Park is a 45-year tradition for fourth-grade students at Lincoln Public Schools. This year, after LPS shifted to remote learning, there were hundreds of fourth-grade students who had yet to visit the one-room schoolhouse that replicates what life was like for children on the prairie in the late 1800s. The teacher who leads the schoolhouse lessons, Mary Lou Henn, couldn?t bring the students to Heritage School, so she took Heritage School to the students.

  • 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.