• Liberty North has many exciting teaching and learning opportunities! This space is devoted to making that learning visible and sharing our collective story. 

  • Biology Chats

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 2/1/2023 2:45:00 PM

    Kacy Stuber’s biology class has been working on exploring DNA and how the information contained there is translated into proteins and eventually traits. Difficult concepts to understand, much less explain. However, Mrs. Stuber encouraged her students to try the strategy 30 second expert to test their knowledge. Classroom discussion is one of our building level goals at Liberty North this year and each and every opportunity learners have to voice their understanding is a win. Sometimes, voicing a misconception is also a win. We often learn as much or more from what isn’t obvious and having a productive conversation. 

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    Teacher Reflection:

    We started this strategy small with less risky topics, “would you rather questions.” As students gained comfort in the strategy, we began to include information from labs and topics being covered in class. Students started by pairing with a classmate they were comfortable with and we have since branched out to larger groups and different classmates. Quick writes on post-its or a Canvas discussion board and sentence starters helped even reluctant students feel more comfortable with this quick discussion tool. Next time, I will plan to build comfort with this strategy earlier in the year to build classroom community and allow more use with various topics.

     

    Student Reflection: 

    “It’s a good way to revisit information. You really have to listen and memorize when someone is talking to recap what they say.” - Avery (9th grade)

     

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  • Quadratic Graphs = Art in LNHS Algebra 2 Courses

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 1/9/2023 10:00:00 AM

    Guest Blogger: Sara Langford

    In LNHS traditional Algebra 2 classes, students use their knowledge of quadratic function graphs to create a personal piece of art as a culminating project. Combining the knowledge of how to change the parameters of quadratic equations and using the online Desmos graphing site, students place parabolic curves first on computer screens, then on art paper and create their works of art.

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    Brayden Haney in Mr. Yoakum’s 1st hr recreated a famous work of art, the Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai (pictured). Haney’s parabolas create the curves of the crashing waves and three boats braving the storm-tossed sea.

     

    Savannah Diebold in Mrs. Burgener’s 3rd hr enjoyed the opportunity to create her own piece of art while also feeling the like assignment pushed her out of her comfort zone. She related, “I enjoyed that we got to choose what picture we could use and that it required us to use all the different ways of writing a quadratic.”

     

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  • The Sonic Challenge in Algebra 2 PLP

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 1/9/2023 8:30:00 AM

    Guest Blogger: Sara Langford

    Who hasn’t been going about his/her day when a sudden urge for an icy, refreshing Sonic drink hits? A cherry limeade, a blue raspberry slush or a vanilla coke…sounds so good.  

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    Just before Thanksgiving break in the Algebra 2 PLP course, the teachers offered the Sonic Challenge to all 135 students…meet a goal of mastering the most concepts in a week with tablemates and/or meet a personal math learning goal to get that desired Sonic drink as a special reward.

     

    Liberty North offers a unique version of math courses titled “PLP.” PLP stands for personalized learning plan courses in Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 that allow students to learn at their own pace utilizing online sources and to master the math concepts of the course. From day one in math PLP classes, students take charge of their learning and its pace to understand math concepts, complete practice assignments and quizzes to show what they know!

     

    Over ⅓ of the 135 Algebra 2 PLP students set and met a personal or table group goal.  Chloe Boulter set and met the ambitious goal of mastering four difficult polynomial and radical expression concepts.  She set her ambitious goal to prove to herself that, “...I could work well under pressure without having to be forced to do it. I also wanted to get my love for math back.”

     

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  • Mirror Book Reflections

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 12/12/2022 12:00:00 PM

    Being self-interested is a teenage trait by default. Digging into introspection is something that requires a little mentorship. Sam Herrick took her 11th graders on a journey of self discovery and, as a result, they learned not only about themselves but the world around them. Identity, bias, and credibility were all explored and examined by the students to develop independent thought about the issues in their novels that appear in today’s society. They had discussions on The Social Dilemma using the My 2 Cents protocol. Students also dug into research regarding their social issues, learning how to differentiate between fact and opinion in the media. Students were ultimately able to draw their own conclusions about socio-political topics of their choice, such as being sensitive to different cultures, cycles of poverty and violence, systemic racism, and the effects of COVID-19 on society as a result of their reading.

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    Teacher Reflection-

    “Students deserve the opportunity to foster their own thoughts and opinions about real world issues in a psychologically safe learning environment that supports the process.” - Mrs. Herrick

     

    Student Reflection- 

    “This is the first time in my life that I’ve actually connected with a book.” - Victoria 

     

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  • Socratic Success

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 12/6/2022 12:00:00 PM

    Guest blogger: Dr. Precious Kurth 

    Megan Montgomery and her students have created a safe environment that allows for a colorful combination of academic and SEL skills to be facilitated. Mrs. Montgomery’s students are crafting Socratic Seminar questions and facilitating rich, rigorous and relevant discussions based on student choice topics and texts. Mrs. Montgomery encourages students to become facilitators and take an active lead in constructing meaning and understanding of the text, evidence and research. 

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    Socratic Seminars are an instructional avenue for students to engage in a dialogue between and amongst students with  a concerted effort to explore the underlying beliefs that shape the students views and opinions. The main goal of Socratic Seminar is to build a deeper understanding of texts and ideas through collaborative dialogue in the classroom. 

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    Here is a resource for Components of Good Questions

     

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  • The Convenient Eagle

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 11/22/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Guest Blogger: Dr. Precious Kurth

    It is finally open for business. The Convenient Eagle held its grand opening October 18th during Parent/Teacher Conferences. The Convenient Eagle exists to empower students to develop and utilize their vocational skills. The real-world work experience increases the students’ employability. The Convenient Eagle is a place where students, staff and stakeholders can purchase school supplies and products.

     

    The Convenient Eagle has everything you might need to make it through the day, and some additional items that will enhance your school experience. The Convenient Eagle offers snacks, electronics, fidgets,  school supplies and more. 

     

    The Convenient Eagle is student - centered and student operated. The store is currently open for business daily, after 1st and 6th hours. Come see the smiling faces of the student employees and leave with a snack, a phone charger or an Eagle sticker; it’s a real world shopping experience right here at Liberty North. The Convenient Eagle is located on the First Floor in the Back Glass Hallway. 

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  • World History Project Based Learning

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 10/18/2022 4:05:00 PM

    Students in North Nation by Design 10 recently analyzed the historic development of Islam as well as the expansion of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism in order to explain their transformations and roles in conflict and cooperation. Using a world history lens, they examined the origins and impact of social structures and stratification on societies and relationships. 

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    Teacher Reflection- Students had the opportunity to explore religions they might not have been exposed to in the past, so it was fun to see students gain a broader perspective beyond their worldviews. Hopefully, they will take these newfound perspectives and apply them to other aspects of their learning.

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    Student Reflections- “We dug into the beliefs, holy books, conflicts, traditions, and the holy lands. We researched using the Mid Continent Library World History resources. Lastly, we picked a religion to take a deep dive into and a conflict we could try to solve without violence.” - Jada, Brian, Xaiver, Isaiah, and Lauren

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  • Friday Night Bites

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 10/10/2022 10:00:00 AM

    The excitement of Friday Night lights, and Friday Night Football games has been expanded with the edition of the Liberty North Food Truck, sponsored by Pro Start and Pro Start Instructor, Mrs. Wendy Turner. 

     

    The Food Truck changes the menu weekly and serves gourmet recipes for patrons, community members and school personnel. The menus are posted in advance of the football game. 

     

    The Food Truck is a student-centered collaborative effort at Liberty North. Both the Culinary and Industrial Technology Classes are involved in the design and creation.  The food truck allows Real World Learning experiences for our students and entrepreneurial opportunities. 

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    Stop by and see us at our next home football game on October 21st, 2022. We begin serving at 5:30 pm.

     

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  • Examining the Depth of Conversation in AP

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 10/3/2022 9:00:00 AM

    Classroom discussions are powerful tools to gauge understanding in any classroom. Making learning intentionally visible*, discussions have the ability to  accelerate learning at a rate of almost double the speed. Kelli Penner’s AP Literature class recently  added a new challenge to level up the discussion by also determining the depth of the discussion.  Students read short stories by Ernest Hemingway and Tim O’Brien to compare and contrast syntax, symbolism, and style.  The learning intention was to initiate thoughtful contributions to a discussion as well as noting if the points made were a surface, deep, or transfer level of thinking. 

    Penner tracked the contributions by level of complexity and Harvey tracked the actual flow of the conversation from student to student and students to Penner. The flow was lively and on topic throughout. The AP students reflected on their first attempt and agreed on places to grow in the future, noting that there was a lack of transfer, not everyone shared or was prepared. However, the date of the first discussion early in the first semester of a year-long course, nothing but time to grow in the future. 

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    Student Reflection: “Some of the best points made within this discussion were connecting both of the texts through their ability to showcase how this impacted the men’s ability to love and be loved. We also touched on the symbolism that “The Things They Carried” held in reflecting on the mental baggage of the soldiers. I do think that there was a nice balance of surface and deep, but we needed to delve deeper into transfer”  - Santina

     

    Teacher Reflection: “Even though you know each other, we are still building trust. Where we are makes sense for September and I would agree with your reflection of the conversation. There were a lot of great points made and we will improve next time.”

     

    *Hattie, J. (2008). Visible learning. Routledge.

     

     

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  • Meet the Squad

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 9/27/2022 10:00:00 AM

    The Squad is becoming a pillar of people at Liberty North High School. They are a student- led tour guide group that welcomes visitors, parents, community members and the general public to North Nation. 

    The Squad showcases and highlights North's traditions, student and academic programming, along with our culture and climate.

    The Squad is developing their interpersonal skills and sharpening their skill sets in communication, public speaking, and listening. Additionally, they possess and provide in-depth knowledge about Liberty North. They share their experiences, while touring guests,  through storytelling and personal testimony.  They also have unmatched Eagle enthusiasm, excitement and energy. 

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    The Squad is unique and creates personal connections with stakeholders. Moreover, The Squad members are all actively involved in various clubs and activities and show genuine interest and investment in our school community. 

    The Squad can:

    • Customize school tour visits 

    • Serve on a student panel

    • Share their background and learning experiences on discussions about different hobbies, clubs, organizations, athletics, and more that are related to their interests.

    • Speak to classroom culture as a Student Guest Speaker 

    • Share insights about North’s traditions, customs, climate and culture. 

    Guest Blogger: Dr. Precious Kurth

     

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