Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference
Beverly Baker - Annex
Session: On- Demands: Raising Your Results
This session was presented by Fran Troxtel and Jessica Bryant from Southern Middle, Pulaski County. They
explained how they were trying to make their students write better one day and Mrs. Troxtel said to her class, “What
would it take to make you write better.” She said the students started giving her ideas such as kissing a pig,etc. She
told them if the scores were better she would do whatever they idea won the vote. They also have a Good Faith
Grading Scale on the On-Demand Writing during the normal day. It is included in the packet. There are 83 Tasks
or prompts in the packet!!!
They highly recommended Donna Vincent for PD training.
Session: Story Telling with Digital Cameras and MultiMedia: Hands-on
Story telling with the digital camera explained how a non readers or non writer could be able to express themselves.
With a camera and the creative ability of this student a story can be produced. The presenter was able to deal with a
very large group of people!!! She also gave us a Tool Factory CD! If you have not attended one of these
presentations, let me tell you it is worth your time!!!
Session: When you Lick a Slug, Your Tongue Goes Numb
Presenters were Cyndi Boggs, Penny Roberts, and Cara Griffey, Greenville Elementary. These presenters shared
some of their techniques which they have found successful in the classroom. The 3 most important parts of the
classroom is to Know your audience, Target your audience, and Create a new audience. They also made a CD
which contains games and websites. Sarah has a copy.
Amy Hamm Hall -Stanton Elementary
Session: Toying with Writing: Mini Lessons for a Kid’s World
This was a great session. I really walked away with some new information for my class.
2. The lessons in this session taught us how to us a toy to teach the mechanics of writing. Example: Have
your students bounce a ball. Ask them what the first bounce is like and what the ball does when it is
finished bouncing. The first bounce is high like the first letter of your sentence, the ball eventually stops
like your sentence and must have a period, question mark, or exclamation point. Every time your students
write remind them of their bouncing ball.
Session: Fluency: An Important Piece to the Reading Puzzle
This was a bad session. The ladies presenting tried to sell us a group of books. They did not tell us any new
One interesting point that we all know but is worth repeating. Most of our 4 th grade students are lacking fluency.
We must model good fluency for students to learn.
Session: Using Technology to Enhance your Literacy and Math Lessons
This was a good session. We looked at ways to use a digital camera at each grade level. Kindergarteners can take
pictures for graphs, number sentence books, alphabet books, etc.
A great website for kids. This is a website where kids are teaching kids how to do math problems.
Interesting note – photostory 3 is a free download from Microsoft
Session: How to Create a Community of Good Readers
This was a very poor session. This lady was a replacement for the main speaker and she was not prepared. She did
not tell us how to create a community of good readers. She only showed us the seven habits of good readers.
1. Develop good habits and attitudes
2. Make sense of text
3. Use what you know
4. Understand fiction
5. Understand non-fiction
6. Keep track information
7. Be critically aware of what and why your read
Anna Faulkner – Clay City Elementary
Session: Drama Games Across the Curriculum
This was a wonderful experience. The instructor was excellent. He was a vendor for a product – the CD that
explained all of the techniques (and more) for his session – but the wealth of information that it contained was well
worth the price. (Susan Halsey purchased one copy to bring back to the school.) It didn’t contain ideas simply for
drama. There were lots of classroom management ideas also. There were ideas on how to implement many of the
ideas into different content areas. It was great!
I went to one math session that was closed (even though I arrived very early). Most of the elementary math sessions
were already full. I went to the exhibit hall and picked up lots of brochures and pricing lists for various products. I
put my name on lots of mailing lists for various catalogs and products. Susan and I talked to various vendors about
infocus projectors. It was great seeing all the students that were involved with various projects (art and STLP). I
enjoyed the experience!
Susan Halsey – Clay City Elementary
Session Title __Drama Games Across the Curriculum!
Wonderful games to teach the elements of Drama that were integrated into the other content areas. Great classroom
management ideas also. Could be used from K through High School I bought the CD ($75). That’s how good I
thought it was.
Went to a math session that was closed when I got there. Already full. Went to another math session in the
afternoon. I got up after 30 minutes (boring, didn’t tell me anything new). Spent a lot of time in the Exhibit Hall.
Got information on Math software. Picked up several sample books from Options publishing for the Language Arts
teachers and will receive more in the mail. Talked to a vendor about prices on infocus projectors. Several teachers
here want one in their room (convenience).
Loved the student art exhibit! There are some very talented students out there.
Knox, Gary - Bowen Elementary
Session: Teaching is too Important to Take Seriously
Summary: Scott Endres (www.paperwadideas.com) provided alternate strategies to prevent and resolve student /
teacher conflicts through the use of acceptable humor. Through a combination of group activities and individual
work, proven classroom techniques, teachers are able to lower stress and enjoy teaching again.
Session: Content Literacy: Improving Adolescent Performance in Math, Science and Social studies.
Summary: Jo Ann Mosier made a distinction between illiterate and alliterate students and noted that middle and
high school teachers are generally less prepared to teach students than they are to teach their particular content area.
Meaningful strategies were provided to help students learn to read, write, speak and listen at higher levels.
Session: Teaching as ZLeaders
Summary: Mark Kovacs from Australia and the University of Alabama, throughout power point discussed
strategies of leadership which could be used in any classroom. He noted aspects of various famous leaders'
techniques and styles which are effective in business, sports and education. The importance of goal setting,
motivation techniques, personal associations and continual reading to stay current were emphasized.
Earnie Smallwood - Annex
Session: KET Encyclomedia – Learning Tools and Features for Teachers and Students
This is a search engine on the internet.
Lessons are available from the Web – works better downloaded rather than streamed.
These include lessons, videos, etc.
Can create your own tests or use the ones provided.
Play list – same as a bookmark or favorites – it does not download.
Has a clip art gallery – many are animated.
Has a calendar – shows lists of things that happened on this day – good for student’s birthdays.
Can be embedded or used as a hyperlink.
Session: How To Get More From The Kentucky Department of Education Website.
I can make Pupil Transportation a home page.
Need to check out “What’s New” periodically.
List Serve – allows me to communicate with other people in Kentucky:
Go in – sign up – will get info share info with group.
KET Encyclomedia is available on this web site.
Information about any school/staff member, etc. – on “About Schools/Districts” site.
If you remember a document you read, but not the name of the document, use the “Edit” – “Find” option – then look
for a word, name, etc. in the document.
Session: Visited Exhibition Hall
Visited the Exhibition Hall
Got information about a Postermaker and Write Pads for CTE teachers.
Session: Change The Culture: Youth and Adults Working Together
Flash Judgment – Activity to help understand our quick judgment of people may be wrong.
Biographical Activity – Based on a picture, write a biographical sketch of the person – then have
then read the real biographical sketch of the person – very interesting – things are not always
as they seem.
Training available from KY Child Now and Center For School Safety.
Taking applications now for August and September next year.
Group to receive training must contain a good cross section of student leaders of the school and the adult group must
contain a good cross section of teachers, counselors, classified staff and teachers. This group will then in turn train
other groups in the school.
Bryan Station High School has received and implemented this training.
Teresa Brock - District
Session: Red-Hot Technology Integration Resources
This workshop was presented by Phyllis Ferrell from the Jefferson County Public Schools. It included a quick run
through of a smorgasbord of hot links and websites that are readily accessible for integration in the classroom (K-5)
as centers or for direct instruction. Any teacher interested in a great database for their students should check out the
Jefferson County Schools website.
A free CD was gained from the attendance of this workshop.
Various websites used include:
Session: Story Telling with Digital Cameras and MultiMedia: Hands-On
This session was presented by Heather Chirtea from Tool Factory. A free CD of the Tool Factory Workshop was
gained by attending this session. In this session we learned how to use the program as well as how it could be
integrated into the regular classroom instructional program. Students will be able to use a digital camera, a toy or
clay to “snap” pictures of different scenes in order to transfer the photos to the computer and construct a
personalized talking picture book. Students could brainstorm/ storyboard/ plan their story out in small groups or
pairs, then take a camera, their toy and props to create scenes for a story in progress. Students move back to their
computers, transfer their pictures and write their stories.
Session: How to Use Passion and Possums to Design a Pathway to Proficiency: Using Children’s Literature to
This session was presented by Kathy Brashears from Tennessee Technological University. I attended this session
for approximately 45 minutes because of the time overlap with the next session that I wanted to attend. This session
dealt with how to take a children’s picture book and create an integrated lesson plan while stimulating students’
curiosity via inquiry. The session was based on the children’s book, Epossumondos. Curiosity was engaged with a
mysterious, small bag containing several items. Participants were to try to make sense of the items contained in the
bags. Participants were to infer what the materials were, who they belonged to and how they were used. When the
book was read it was clear that the items were linked to the story. The book was based on a folktale from Louisiana,
so the presenter had Jazz music playing in the background while she was reading the book. She shared a song as
well as several resource books by Regie Routman. Some sites shared were:
Session: Actively Participate in an Inquiry Carousel with Classroom Teachers
This session was presented by Linda France and several other co-presenters. Participants took the role as students as
they moved from one station to the next in a learning center format. There were five inquiry based stations set-up.
The stations dealt with designing a trebuchet on a computer program, defining culture and creating dances, another
dealt with developing character attributes, another was utilizing a flight simulator to teach algebra via aviation, and
finally the last station dealt with water filtration. A free DVD of the lessons we participated in was gained from
attending the session. Information from the Kentucky Dept. of Aviation about the KY Aviation Teacher Institutes
were distributed: contact PHankla@ky.gov or Sean.Howard@ky.gov
Information from the Louisville Science Center was received: www.LouisvilleScience.org
Katrina Y. Easterling - Powell County Middle School
Session: How Extreme Teaching Causes Extreme Learning
The author of Extreme Teaching and Extreme Learning, Keen Babage, conducted this session. I found him to be
interesting. He gave several examples of how you can connect to students prior knowledge. He did a neat example
of bartering. He took math problems and turned them into something to interest the kids. An example would be
instead of the two trains type problems use two skateboards, bicycles, 4-wheelers, etc. If you find out what your
students are into and build your lesson around that theme you are more likely to engage them. And, of course, as
educators we know this but he demonstrated how easy this could be. I plan to purchase the book Extreme Teaching.
Session: Teaching Middle School Students Data, Statistics and Probability through Games, Activities and
This session was conducted by Revelee Hardy, a lady I had met over the summer at an ARSI professional
development. She had seemed a real “together” type of teacher. At this session she went over all the activities that
she used to teach probability and statistics. She was super organized and gave all participants a bound copy of
everything she does for her unit. We also did several of her activities—I did one on theoretical and experimental
probabilities, making circle graphs with M&M data. I observed others within a group setting do other activities.
Jennifer Francis - District
Session: On Track for Reading Success by Tool Factory
This session was an overview of different types of reading and skill software and technology designed for special
needs students by a company called Tool Factory. What turned me off about this series was the workbook style. I
recognize that children need some skills, but isolated drill is not my favorite presentation style. That’s what this
series is. This session was targeted at primary level. We worked with 5 programs each targeting a different
reading/lang.skill: phonemic (letter sound) awareness, spelling, visual discrimination, and constructing correct
sentences. One positive aspect of this software is that it could be adapted for severely physically challenged student
who relies on switches. It also had various ways to adapt it for individualized learning and keeps a learning record
for each student. That said, my impression was that the software would not be motivating to ALL learners (the
pacing was bit slow and repetitious in places), although it may have its niche for SOME or a few learners.
Resources: I received a free copy of Phoneme Track at this session and would happily let anyone preview it and
try it with students (just remember to get permission to temporarily install it from Kelly first). It was the one
program from the series I thought was the most useful. This piece of software helps students discriminate phonemes
(letter sounds) and explore word families (bat,cat, feed,feel, etc.) in a multi-sensory way (auditory, visual, and
The catalog has other hardware and software for various physical challenges (e.g. touch screens, trackballs,
joggle switches), learning challenges (e.g. dyslexia screener, speech vocalization), and behavioral challenges (e.g.
A side note – there was a little free time at the end of the session and the presenter let us try out their keyboarding
skills software. It was in an addicting game format. It was called Keyboarding Adventure. I actually thought this
application was pretty interesting and would think it might be worth looking in to as a fun way to teach keyboarding
skills that provides feedback to students on their speed and accuracy.
Session: Storytelling with Digital Cameras and MultiMedia by ToolFactory
In this session, we used digital cameras to take pictures for a story. We imported the pictures into a simple word
processing package (and were supposed to create a story, but we ran out of time). The focus of this session was
more on the features and use of ToolFactory Workshop software which they gave us free at the session. It might
hold potential for primary students as a way to introduce them to Word Processing. The ToolFactory software also
has easier to use versions of Excel and Access (database) as well as a Drawing program. I actually liked their
versions of Access and Excel better than the Word Processor.
Interesting Notes/Features: The word processor has word banks for elementary students that stay visible while
they word process helping expand vocabulary and aid with spelling. It also will read back the entered text.
Spreadsheet and Database programs are much, much easier to operate than Microsoft versions since they were
designed to be used beginning in grade 2. The Draw program has a really neat symmetry tool which could be used
for math explorations.
Digital Camera Grants and Contests
Received free copy of ToolFactory Workshop which anyone is welcome to borrow to try. Also got a 30 day
subscription to Elementary Zone (ends April12). You can use my subscription (supposedly you see more content
than you do with the 10 day trial).
Frankly after browsing the science online content, I am not that impressed. If it were free I might use a few of the
activities, but they really aren’t all that worthwhile. There’s better stuff out there. I didn’t really look a whole lot at
the math, but the literacy activities were like an online workbook. Nothing really innovative there.
Session: How to Use Passion and Possums to Design a Pathway to Proficiency: Using Children’s Literature to
Integrate Subjects by Kathy Brashears, Tennessee Tech
Pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading strategies to engage all learners were modeled using the book
Epossumondas by Colleen Salley as a hook. I got great ideas for how to use manipulative props to create interest
and connections to literature and to aid students in retelling. Other strategies modeled/recommended were: think
alouds from various perspectives, standup reports (manipulative), pyramid report, cloze activities with poetry,
sketch-to-streches, and multi-sensory retellings.
The most fun idea she had for helping early primary connect to reading/writing/speaking was using a bluegrass song
called “The Possum Crawls Tonight” (a spin-off of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) as an extension to the book. This
song is so hilarious, I can just see some of the students (boys especially) wanting to read the song lyrics. “In the
holler, the foggy holler, the possum creeps tonight. Down the hillside and through backwoods, the possum creeps
Epossumondas by Coleen Salley
“The Possum Crawls Tonight” from Bolt out of the Blue by Wild Blue Yonder
Reading Essentials (available from IRA)
Research Based Methods of Reading Instruction (available from ASCD)
Story Question Dice (to stimulate book discussion)
“Opossums” from A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
Joyful Noise Poems for Two Voices and Big Talk: Poems for Four Voices, both by Paul Fleischman
Session: Exhibit Hall
World Book Encyclopedia offers free trial version of their Reference Center databases through April 4
User ID: Americas password: goose
PLATO offers some neat online course content modules which can be subscribed to through Kentucky Virtual
University for remediation or acceleration. I thought this might be good for the middle school with their Gear-up
grant for accelerating students for college and high school for credit recovery. It might also have applications for
Questia – online library of books, seemed to mainly for middle and high school. A free preview at
www.questia.com can be accessed with Username: 2844894 Password: ZELPHY through April 12.
Suzy Brown - PCHS
Session: The Kentucky Virtual Library
Enid Wohlstein did an excellent job providing an overview of the valuable resources available through the KYVL. I
was especially interested in Novelist. I plan to use this fiction database to make decisions on book purchases.
Session: Innovative Data Communications
This presentation of the Avio multimedia projector was wonderful. The projector can be used as an overhead,
opaque, document camera, LCD and video projector. The price was around $5,000. Chip Hoffmann has emailed to
say that he is available for school presentations. The company is located in Cincinnati.
Kelly Marcum – District
Session: A Few Good Ways to Level the Playing Field
This session focused on credit recovery and using the www.quizlab.com website. The presenter was fair and shared
the use of her site in her high school setting. Although the website was helpful, I don’t believe that most teachers
have the tremendous amount of time it would require to manage the website for their students.
Session: Engaging Students in Reading with the World Wide Web.
I attended this session because KVHS offers such classes online. I wanted to explore the possibility of our teachers
using it for PD credit. Although the cost and the setup seem to be easy enough, I did not enjoy the online experience
taking a class. That surprised me – I didn’t realize that I would prefer the age old method of having an actual
teacher in front of me. Although lots of adults might prefer this new method, it made me pause - because I believe
we will begin seeing so much more of this type of instruction – for adults and students.
Session: Cyber Café
I always try to stop by the cyber café and check out the artists and the musicians. There weren’t any live music
when I was there but I did enjoy a delicious muffin and some coffee from Starbucks while I visited the STLP Art
Showcase. I saw the most amazing artwork created on a computer with Adobe Photoshop by a student from Dixie
Heights High School in Kenton County. I stood in amazement for quite awhile.
Session: Exhibit Hall
Sarah and I hit the Exhibit Hall for the Grand Opening Chocolate Reception. Now that was unbelievable –
chocolate everywhere, in every form you could imagine. We spent quite a bit of time at a booth looking at a
keyboarding program that we might try to purchase for the elementary schools. We also checked out all the new
advances in Smartboards. Best of all, Darryl and I spent a long time with the vendors – investigating the possibility
of purchasing projectors for all 150 classrooms in the district.
Session: Red-Hot Technology Integration Resources
This session was good in that I could tell I had stumbled onto a teacher that certainly did a lot of tech. integration
with her students. She was from Jefferson County and worked in an elementary school. She gave us a great CD
with literally thousands of websites and downloaded activities for elementary students – problem was that lots of the
freeware and interactive activities were for a Mac computer. I did learn about some great websites.
Session: District Banners
Between two sections of the conference center is a long hallway. Every year there are banners displayed from each
county. I always stop by to check them out and have fun finding the one from Powell – this year it was done by art
teacher Taffie Curtis from the middle school. It was great!
Session: Tour the KATE Web Portal
The Kentucky Academy of Technology Education (KATE) Web Portal is a free web portal available for Kentucky
educators sponsored by Murray State. It has a searchable database letting teachers search for technology activities
to align with the Kentucky curriculum documents. Check it out http://coekate.murraystate.edu/kate/
Tammy Conyers – PCMS
Session: Teaching – Too Important to Take Seriously
Good session. He would make a good beginning of the year motivational speaker for opening day. Using laughter
effectively in the classroom.
Great tips. Got ideas for use in classroom. Just need updated digital camera.
Virginia Carpenter- PCMS
Session: Power Up your point w/United Streaming and Visual Basic
Learn how to incorporate most of all visual basic into Powerpoint. The United Streaming was easy to know and
understand. In visual you learn how to use command buttons to create your own boxes and using customizing
animation to powerpoint.
Deborah Schweitzer was the presenter and she has a website that is useful in the classroom.
Gina Kinser - PCHS
Session: Teaching is Too Important Too Take Seriously
I loved this session. It gave ideas on how to use humor in the classroom to help students feel more comfortable and
relaxed, which helped the learning process. The presenter was also the author of the book with the same title as the
session. He was awesome. The book was available for purchase in the Exhibit Hall. He gave great websites to use
to help bring humor into the classroom. He also talked about humor that is not appropriate in the classroom, such as
Session: Getting to Know KTRS
This was an informational session. It was for anyone in KTRS, no matter how far you were from retirement. As
someone who knew nothing about how KTRS works, I loved it. They told how your retirement is calculated; when
you are vested; survivor benefits, etc. It was very informative.
Sarah Wasson - District
Session: Meet the Instructional Needs of Your Students with Resources Available from KET: EncycloMedia, Intel,
and Marco Polo!
This session was basically a review in the use of Marco Polo and KETS EncycloMedia. If a person hasn’t been to
trainings on these, it would be beneficial to attend. The part on Intel was not very useful. A method of ranking was
demonstrated, but I couldn’t see many uses in the classroom for this tool. I did like the side notes on PhotoStory 4
and Microsoft Producer. I think PhotoStory 4 would be useful in the classroom and I want to find out more about
Producer. Producer is a way to blend PowerPoint and videos so you can have your video running while you are
showing Power Point. I’m not sure what other things this program does.
Session: Overview of Exhibit Hall
I went to several booths and gathered information on rear projection Smartboards for the Literacy Through School
Libraries grant. Kelly and I also reviewed a keyboarding program that would track student progress. This was my
first overview of the exhibit hall.
Session: Enhancing Reading with Web Based Resources
This session was supposed to be an orientation to the KVHS on-line pd program. The presenter didn’t maintain
control of the session and walk us through the orientation process. She didn’t appear to know much about how it
worked. We were able to complete everything in the “getting ready” section of the lessons, but we didn’t have
access to begin the first lessons. I’m not sure how the course will be, but the training for the course was not
Session: Closing the Gap through Technology and Universal Design
This session was very helpful providing several resources for using technology not only with special needs students
but regular education students as well. They even provided a disk to take home full of resources.
Session: Introduction to Producer 2003
This was a fast paced session on the basics of Microsoft Producer. I had never heard of the program before and
learned enough to download the program, and put it to work. I still have a lot to learn, but I would recommend the
Session: Math without a Pencil
This session was poorly organized and presented. We did a few activities where we stood up and moved around the
room in ways using math concepts and were shown some links to Internet sites with math, but the presenter was not
a proficient speaker and I would not recommend her to anyone.
Charlotte Denniston - CCE
Session: Artful Reading: Literacy through picture books that feature the arts.
Presenter: Catherine Rubin
In this session we were introduced to picture books that lent themselves to being used for an integrated teaching
approach using painting and music to increase the understanding of text. We got to paint while listening to music
and then observed the kind of paintings that were evoked by that certain music. These were wonderful activities that
incorporated the different learning style. They would be beneficial if we had more collaboration time.
Session: Teaching Social skill and responsible behavior: Reducing barriers to academic performance.
Presenter: Laura McCullough
This session focused on the fact that good and appropriate behavior can and should be taught and that perhaps we
should not assume that all students already know how to behave in different situation. During the session we were
given different recourses to help teach these skills, such as Boys Town Press, CHAMPS, which we have here at
CCE, and the ASSIST program. The idea was that we would be better off spending more time teaching appropriate
behaviors before we focused on content.
I spent the rest of the afternoon looking at what vendors had available. I did find a document camera I would love to
have if we have any funds.
Donetta Williams – PCMS
Session: On Demand Writing: Raising Our Results
This session was about ways to improve on demand writing scores. These teachers had a great powerpoint. They
said they would be willing to email it to anyone who wanted it.
Session: Teaching Social Skills
Teachers demonstrated different role-playing strategies to improve student behavior. They handed out a list of
resources for school-wide behavior curriculum.
Session: Portfolio – More Student Success and Less Teacher Stress
The presenter came in 20 minutes late. She seemed like she wasn’t all together. Some people got up and left. She
read us a few children lit. books and let us go.
Asa Darryl Abner - Annex
Session: KETS exchange 2003 operations
Relating to the email migration and what steps were necessary for smooth transition----comparison of both webmail
and the current page setups---problems and advantages lead us to adopt current method of operations.
Session: Establishing District wide help desk
Idea and concept is great but requires establishment of multilevel class at the high school with the first year being
for troubleshooting and working with software and the second year working the phones for software and hardware
problems encountered. Huge commitment on the high school’s resources of teaching staff to oversee the actual help
desk operations and additional phone banks to handle calls
Session: KETS security overview
Covering the security measures to be implemented during the next year at the state and local levels-----email
filtering and observation done at the state level and what is expected at the local level