Congratulations to 31 teachers who Received one of 23 Pyramid Awards in 2013!
Camden Station Elementary
Katie Garrett of Camden Station Elementary won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Engaging Children Who Have Attention Difficulties". This award will be used for students in grades K-5 who have an IEP or are currently in the RTI (intervention) process. Through the use of outlets such as resistance bands, squish balls and donut stability balls, students who normally struggle with sensory distractions will be able to focus on the primary task that was assigned by the teacher and reduce gaps in their learning. For these students, doing two things at once can actually increase performance.
Goshen Elementary at Hillcrest
Rachel Turnage of Goshen Elementary at Hillcrest won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "ELL iLearning". This award will be used to purchase 2 iPads to help 1st grade English Language Learner (ELL) students enhance their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students will use various applications and work at their own pace.
Ashley Cissell, Cheryl Gohlinghorst, Brooke Noon, Jen St. Louis and Ruthie Parrott won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "Learning Locomotion". This award will be used to create a "Minds-in-Motion" maze/lab. Students in grades K-5 will use the equipment to take "brain breaks" from traditional seated instruction for combined brain and body training. This unique blend of gymnastics, balance exercises, and applied technology all focus on strengthening the brain's ability to process and organize information efficiently.
Alison Hafner of Harmony Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "iLearn". This award will be used to purchase 2 iPads and an iPod for use by special education students in grades K-5. This equipment will be used to run apps that focus on skills such as tracing alphabet letters, reading sight words, memorizing basic math facts and reading fluency.
Laurel Crimm of LaGrange Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "I Can Speak in Complete Sentences". This award will be used to purchase 2 iPad minis to help Kindergarten and 1st grade English Language Learner (ELL) students who require intervention or enrichment. Using the Rainbow Sentences application, the students will learn to speak in comprehensible, complete sentences about pictures they are shown. Color coded visual clues help students identify parts of speech and help them understand and create basic sentence structure.
Rose Sánchez Mazar of LaGrange Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Paper Decodable? No Way! iPad Decodable? Okay!". This award will be used to purchase 2 iPad minis to help 2nd-5th grade English Language Learner (ELL) students who require intervention. This use of technology will enable students to improve their reading and comprehension skills by providing access to books targeted to their specific level of fluency.
Alyson Stamper of LaGrange Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "iFitness for Good Health". This award will be used to purchase an iPad to be used for various lessons for students in grades 3-5. The students will practice identification of items on food labels as well as selection of appropriate foods for their fitness and nutrition goals. The iPad will also be used to research and document exercises that can be performed during class time.
Travis Goff and Jane McKinley of LaGrange Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "How Did I Solve It?". This award will be used to purchase 2 iPad minis to allow 2nd grade students to use the Voicethread application to improve their math skills. Voicethread is a web-based platform that allows sharing of video and audio that can then be annotated using a finger to draw on top of the images presented. This will help the students develop their ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly.
Rebecca Broughton of LaGrange Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Reading on Fire ... Kindle Fire, that is". This award will be used to purchase 2 Kindle Fire tablets along with software to help special education students in grades 1-5 enhance their reading skills through individualized lessons. Targeted areas of improvement include sight word recognition, phonics, fluency and reading comprehension.
Terri Griffin of LaGrange Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "iPods to Enhance Instruction". This award will be used to purchase 2 iPod touch devices to help 2nd grade students become more fluent readers. The students will be able to listen to pre-recorded books as well as record their own reading. Additional applications on the iPods will also be available to enhance math skills.
Nicole Robinson of Liberty Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Reading for Fluency". This award will help students in grades K-5 improve their word recognition and comprehension skills through the use of TumbleBook Library and TumbleBook Cloud Junior subscriptions. These on-line collections provide models of properly phrased read alouds that incorporate expression and enthusiasm throughout the text.
East Oldham Middle
Dawn Lynch of East Oldham Middle School won a Pyramid award for her proposal "Physics: NXT Robotics Smackdown Spectacular". This award will be used to purchase 4 Lego Mindstorms Education NXT Base Sets to help 6th grade students understand a variety of math and science concepts. They will design, build and program robots and observe the effects of friction as the robots move. Working in teams the students will then pit their robots against each other in a single elimination wrestling contest to push their opponent's robot out of a four foot diameter ring in under a minute.
North Oldham Middle
Jennifer Terry of North Oldham Middle School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "How Are You Changing?". This award will improve math skills for 6th grade students through the use of tablet computers to help visualize the relationships that exist in numbers. By working in small groups with applications running on the tablets, students will practice the skills needed to become proficient in critical thinking and problem solving.
South Oldham Middle
Winn Wheeler of South Oldham Middle School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Building Capacity and Inspiring Learning Through Hand-Held Devices". This award will be used to purchase five iPod touch devices for classroom use by students in grades 6-8 who do not have their own personal devices. This will allow teachers to make use of collaborative tools and learning opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.
Tim Anderson of the Arvin Center won a Pyramid Award for his proposal "Introduction to Crossfit". This award will be used to purchase training weights and provide for 2 days of Crossfit instruction from a certified trainer. Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program used by many police academies, military units and athletes. Students in the Junior Guard Program will use this equipment and training to learn a new style of training that can be used to enhance physical performance in a variety of activities.
Garrett Sanborn of the Arvin Center won a Pyramid Award for his proposal "Interactive Televised Cooking Class". This award will be used to purchase a large plasma TV monitor to be used as part of a program for students in grades 10-12 to record and distribute examples of their culinary skills. These recordings could be used to share lessons and recipes with other students or as marketing materials to share with local restaurants. The planning and preparation for scripting a show will also develop their organizational and presentation skills.
North Oldham High
Chad Niedert of North Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for his proposal "Flipping Algebra II". This award will be used to purchase hardware and software to "flip the classroom". The typical model for math instruction has the teacher lecture to a group of students in class and then has them complete problems as homework. Another approach is to have the students view lessons as homework and then work on problem solving in the classroom. This will allow more immediate recognition of students struggling with a concept as well as the opportunity to offer enrichment for those students who have mastered a particular concept.
Oldham County High
Deborah Thompson, Joy Pace, Melissa Smith, D.Y. Hacker and Courtney Combs of Oldham County High School won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "Transforming Teaching and Thinking through Technology". This project will give students in grades 9-12 the experience of exploring and developing understanding of mathematics rather than simply learning procedures or calculating values. The award will be used to purchase docking stations, rechargeable batteries and teacher software for TI Nspire calculators that will allow the quick transfer of lessons in a variety of subjects directly to the calculators saving valuable class time to focus on student engagement.
Melanie Kidwell, Brad Rogers and Jennifer Girardin of Oldham County High School won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "The Drum Circle". This award will be used to purchase a collection of ethnic percussion instruments to help all Humanities students explore the elements of music and the impact that culture has on music. With access to these authentic instruments, students will gain a better understanding of how they are played and explore these concepts through practice.
South Oldham High
Dr. Charles L. Bentley of South Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for his proposal "Parallax Programmable Robotics Laboratory". This award will be used to purchase five Parallax Boe-Bot robot kits for 11th and 12th grade Physics students to work in groups to build and program rolling robots. Once programmed, the robots will have to navigate a maze. Students will complete a written report that summarizes their design, experimental procedures and analysis of the results. This project is also consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which provide an opportunity to improve science education and student achievement in Kentucky.
Laura Jones and Bethany Abercrombie of South Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "Piecewise Design Project". This award will be used to purchase TI Graphlink cables that will help students in grades 9-11 to create designs on their calculators and transfer them to a computer. The calculators are limited to the number of functions that can be graphed at one time and the cables allow the students to combine a large number of functions to create a visually interesting design.
Becky Law of South Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Students as Teachers of Geometry". This award will be used to purchase an iPad, applications and equipment to connect to a projector. Geometry students in grades 9-10 will use the equipment to write and present lesson plans to the entire class. This use of technology will encourage creativity and student engagement.
Christine McMahan of South Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Science in the 21st Century". This award will be used to purchase an iPad and applications for use by Anatomy and AP Biology students to experience science in an interactive way. Students will observe a live open-heart surgery performed at Jewish Hospital via video conferencing as part of the Pulse of Surgery Program. They will also use the educational applications to research disease treatments and prevention.