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

  • Global Awareness

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 10/28/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Advanced ELA 12 students in Katie Mitchell’s classes have gained more perspective than most regarding current events. Their goals include gaining critical reading skills, responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives including those presented in diverse media; synthesize claims made on all sides of an issue, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views. 

    The learning began with viewing a TED talk by novelist Chimamanda Adichie titled The Danger of a Single Story. She “tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”  The setting of their upcoming novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, happens to be Afghanistan and with the country making national news on a daily basis, Mitchell capitalized on her many connections in the community and arranged multiple guest speakers to broaden her students' perspectives.

    Talk about connection to our Liberty North Learner Dispositions!

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  • Intro to Culinary & International Culinary are busy cooking!

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 9/27/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Intro to Culinary has been studying knife safety and practicing different knife cuts.  They demonstrated all they've learned about safety, cutting station set-up and knife cuts during their pico de gallo lab! They were AWESOME!!!



    International Culinary has been exploring food culture, herbs/spices, and staple foods of families around the world. Today they made a stable food item from scratch - homemade tortillas! Mixing, kneading, and rolling dough. This was a fun first lab to get them comfortable in their kitchens and ready to explore new regions and the cuisines around the world!



    I'm so proud of how well they executed their time management and knowledge through these hands-on learning experiences!

    - Christian Winn 


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  • Not your average assessment

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 5/28/2021 11:30:00 AM

    Thy Trieu asked her Theoretical Chemistry students to take a creative approach to sharing their understanding of acids and bases. Not a traditional test, not a paper, not an experiment, but a creative attempt. The artwork and knowledge shared about acid rain below is an example from a student who went above and beyond to share both her knowledge and art. Kudos to Ms. Trieu and her students! 

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  • Media Bias Analysis

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 5/28/2021 11:00:00 AM

    Elizabeth Rudell’s ELA students have been reading hard news stories and analyzing them sentence-by-sentence. What are they looking for? Bias. They evaluated the expression, veracity, and the graphics/headline of each article from a news source and ultimately determined if it was properly acclaimed as an unbiased news source through analysis of both daily reporting and the history of the news source. 

    They knocked it out of the park with their research and sharing their findings! 


    Student work:

    News Nation




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  • Listen Up: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 5/27/2021 8:00:00 AM

    Dan Luellen is always asking his students to think about the government and the impact it has on their lives. His government students dug into the civil liberties and civil rights they cared about and considered the power that it takes to create change. During a socratic seminar these juniors unpacked the difficulty of living in a “cancel” culture, the guarded nature of people this year, and the dehumanizing power of social media.

    Thinking about the back and forth between "we the people" and the people in charge they dug into the means to get those in power to listen.  Students created an analysis of a song that brought attention to an societal issue that falls within the spectrum of civil liberties or civil rights.  Through researching the historical and modern context students considered the impact the song did or did not have on society. Below are the songs they chose and few of the presentation slides they shared.


    The Listen Up playlist was born. 

    Imagine by John Lennon
    Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us, only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Livin' for today ah
    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion, too
    Imagine all the people
    Livin' life in peace

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one
    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one
    Source: LyricFind
    Songwriters: John Winston Lennon
    Imagine lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing


    MORE Listen Up Examples

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  • All Eyez on Z: A Project Based Learning Collaboration

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 5/25/2021 8:00:00 AM

    Liberty North ELA 11 students in Natalie Meyer’s class had the opportunity to participate in a multi school and state collaborative project responding to the resilience they demonstrated during the quarantine and throughout the pandemic. ELA students from Rochester, New York’s Young Women’s College Preparatory and Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Chicago government students were entirely virtual for most of the 2020-2021 school year, while Liberty was mostly hybrid. The unique partnership allowed LNHS students to provide both context on life in Missouri as well as attending school in a hybrid schedule and LNHS students were able to offer advice for navigating the hybrid schedule. 



    The project began with introductions and was completed with an instagram post to a common platform. An instagram account was created for this purpose and titled All Eyez on Z. The instructional celebrations were plentiful and the connections created will be long lasting.



    Driving Question: 

    How do our individual and collective stories from Rochester, Chicago, and Liberty showcase diverse perspectives, express humanity, and celebrate resiliency from this past year?

    Teacher Reflection:

    I love that we scaffolded kids to these big ideas of identity, community, and humanity using diverse and complex texts and small activities. We asked them to consider issues that affect all people, but not until they thought about critically about their own values and struggles as individuals. I appreciate the perspective that this project brought to our kids as learners and to me as an educator, especially during this particular year where everyone is called to be resilient. It was powerful for them to meet students from other cities and work through our driving questions and engage with these real world issues. It was a difficult but appropriate challenge for these kids, as we grappled with the hard topics together and celebrated our growth. 


    Student Work:





    Celebrations: A special shout goes to Alicia Peletz, our LPS Project Based Learning consultant, for connecting Sam Texeira and August Hastings (RCCA) and Rachel Harcrow (YWCP) with Meyer.

    Rachel Harcrow wrote a blog documenting the journey for her students as well. 



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  • Math Personalized Learning Program

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 4/9/2021 9:00:00 AM

    The video says it all. Our Math Department is innovative and personalized for learners.


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  • Infinite Possibilities

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 2/11/2021 10:00:00 AM

    In education, we really try to teach transferable skills. We want our students prepared to take on the next level, find their passion, and contribute to society.  These are goals teacher Traci Silvey strives to achieve in her Family & Consumer Science classes.  As teachers, we don’t always see the fruits of our labor. When you get a shout out from a former student turned entrepreneur on Instagram, you take notice! 

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    Teacher Reflection: Getting this shoutout on Instagram really filled my bucket with all the reasons we become teachers and personally it motivates me to try to do more! Students are resilient and can/will dig deeper in the midst of this pandemic to find their own creative path. 



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  • North Nation by Design

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 1/19/2021

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  • How do games help you learn Spanish?

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 12/11/2020

    Susan Lynn's classroom is buzzing with joy not only in December but all year long. She incorporates game play into her instructional strategies on a regular basis! 


    Teacher reflection:

    Games are a great way for students to reinforce learning, and there are so many these days that allow teachers to customize with their own content. Some of my favorites are Gimkit, Quizlet Live, Kahoot, Blooket, Sporcle and Educandy. Games give immediate feedback, provide an opportunity to guess and be wrong without being academically penalized, and create a common experience to build a positive classroom community. Students love to play games outside of school, why not seize that avenue to make your content more enjoyable?  There have been many research studies and even more articles on the benefits of games in the classroom. Some would consider it a waste of time, but I can get my kids to willingly conjugate a hundred verbs in order to figure out who the imposter is in a round of Gimkit’s new Trust No One mode, versus fight with them over a 20 question worksheet. Which would you rather do? 


    Student Reflections- 

    How do games help you learn Spanish?

    -It helps me learn because if I get something wrong it tells me right away and it will give me the correct answer so I can see it.

    -It makes it more fun to learn so I think we all are more engaged and interested in learning the material.

    -It keeps the vocabulary in my mind and strong in memory.


    Do you think games are a good use of class time?

    -Yes! It is a fun way to help students learn and I think it puts people in a better mood. I also think it is a good idea because a lot of kids are really stressed from school and games are a way to release that while still learning.

    -I really think the more interactive you can get with students, the better.

    -Yes, I mean as long as we are learning why wouldn't it be?

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    Do you find learning games that we play as a whole class to be as effective as learning games that you play on your own? 

    -I believe they are more effective as a class, because you're more motivated to learn the words to win or accomplish something than when you're on your own.

    -I think all of the games we play help, but it's so much fun to play as a class. It also helps me become more comfortable with the kids in the classroom. We ALL know, learning spanish is way easier when you're in a comfortable and judgement free space!

    -I feel as a class it’s more effective because it inclines me to do it quickly and do it correctly so I prefer in class but both work fine for me.


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