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

  • LN Teachers Get Creative

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 3/27/2020

    Maybe you make a meme like Laura Snead!


    Then you take a walk with Traci Silvey! 

    Silvey Walking

    Finally, you take a journey with Stefan Frank! 

    German Movie


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  • Trevantine Podcast- Virtual Learning

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 3/25/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Have you heard about Trevantine? This is an amazing source for how are kids are dealing with the impact of COVID19 on their senior year.   @KNET_News is tweeting the episodes daily. 


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  • LN takes on Virtual Learning

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 3/24/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Ken Lenger and his kids started off strong with a class discussion and a Kahoot- no pause in learning for his kids! 

    Google meet to see the kids and share the screen- yes we can! 



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  • AP Government Takes on Jefferson City

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 3/4/2020 6:00:00 PM



    AP Government students from Liberty North and Liberty High School are attempting to pass legislation that would create a uniform AP credit policy in Missouri. The proposal was initiated, researched, and developed by students in Mr. Gates' APGOV classes last year. This year, APGOV students have partnered with Representative Mark Ellebracht as well as the College Board to garner support for their idea. Mr. Gates', Mr. Fulkerson's, and Mr. Ludwig's students sent letters to every public and private high school in the state, and they recently traveled to Jefferson City to lobby legislators and testify in a committee hearing to support HB 1508 and HB 2518.

    HB floor

    As Mr. Gates stated in his testimony to the House legislature, this problem-based learning opportunity began with a student question: "Why doesn't Missouri have the same policy as Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, and 28 other states?" This year-long learning journey about the legislative policy-making process will hopefully change college prospects and costs for thousands of Missouri students. To see more pictures, follow Mr. Gates on Twitter! @gatesapgov 

    To read more check out the Missourian article Missouri could join 31 other states in uniform AP exam credit policy

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  • Portrait Photography Prep

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 12/19/2019 10:00:00 AM


    Teaching Photography is an artform itself! How do you impress on students what it takes to make a portrait a work of art when we live in a culture of snapchat and selfies? Melissa Allshouse broke it down into strategies and techniques for the students to learn and teach to their class. Students shared their knowledge “speed dating” style and took notes as reminders before their photo shoot!


    Teacher Reflection- I loved that the kids were able to take ownership over the subject. It was more personal to present their learning one on one. They had the flexibility to present in a format they chose and they got to do their thing.

    students sharing

    Student Reflections and work- “I know how to take silhouettes in any situation. Using terms in here helped me get across on my website what I wanted to say. I also had a lot of background from graphic design.” - Bret 


     “I liked the idea of the brochure rather than just a google slide. I thought it was cool how we got to draw it out.” -Sedona 

    Lighting Patterns in Portraits


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  • LN First Fashion Show Success

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 12/18/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Promotional poster

    Teaching real world applications is Traci Silvey’s superpower. Her Intro to Fashion Fundamentals classes hosted a full fledged fashion show at Liberty North on December 12th. Students chose a committee based on their strengths including merchandising, coordinating, program promotion, commentary, stage, and hospitality. 

    Dr. Kurth was a special guest of honor and modeled an outfit created for her by the Fashion Fundamentals students! 

    Student Reflections- “The fashion show came together in the end even though we thought it wouldn’t. I enjoyed the hands on and student led process. It was more interesting than traditional things.” - Maia

    "I thought the fashion show was pretty cool. I liked how we got to express our fashion in an outfit and that people got to enjoy it with us." - Cory


    Fashion model


    Teacher Reflection- I was inspired to host a fashion show after a visit to a Fashion Designer in the Crossroads District who hosted a huge fashion show with dinner and everyone involved. I thought I will go back to my Fashion Merchandising class and we are going to do this. This was the first but as an annual event, we will reflect and do this again in the future. 

    Our culinary arts students provided an amazing pink buffet as well! 

    Pink food




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  • Principles of Biomed

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 12/12/2019

    Darn the google! What do you do when your kiddos are googling answers rather than diving in deep to understanding of the content? Create expert groups and have them teach each other of course! Juli Hustoft’s classes rocked it recently! 


    Teacher Reflection-  I don't know about you guys, but Google has absolutely been killing me this year.  It seems like no matter what I do, how many resources I give, or how many times I harangue my students the second I turn them loose to work on an assignment they're on Google copying down the first thing that pops up without even going to the website to make sure the answer is in context.   


    I'm horrifically behind in content for my in my Principles of Biomed class and I needed a way to speed things along without handing my students a list of resources and materials they needed to learn and having them take notes for days on end. They've already had a unit on this material (in a different context) in Biology so Tara suggested expert groups.  


    For those of you unfamiliar with expert groups, it's this nifty thing that lends itself really well to content that has clear divisions.  My students were learning about three different types of biomolecules, so I split each class into three groups (one for each biomolecule type) and further split those groups into twos.  Each group was responsible for researching specific things about their topic and making a poster. Once the posters were done, they groups traded with the other group on the same topic and they did a reflection of the work.  We spent a day revising and then a day where the students acted as the "expert" on their topic and taught classmates in small groups about their topic. I tried this part a couple of different ways. First, I did groups of 3 where one representative from each topic was present.  They only talked about their poster and the students were given the others as extra study materials. The students didn't really like that and I switched things up after 1st hour. The second time around I pulled a student from each group and did groups of 6, each poster had a representative and they were almost able to team up with the other person who shared their topic.  The student felt much more confident this way and were able to help each other out. I stuck with this for the rest of the day.


    All of this was great except that I was agonizing over how to get the information to the students without simply having them write a ton of notes.  I had done all of this work to avoid huge meaningless notes and I didn't want to dump a ton of info on them at once.  


    Bless you Adobe Scan.  A while ago I'd needed a scanning app for business outside of school and Adobe Scan was the first one I found that seemed to meet my needs and was free. Basically, the app uses your phone camera as a scanner, it even auto detects the edges of documents.  After it takes pictures, the app saves them as a PDF and you can send it to yourself or others. Here are the posters my 4th hour kids made.  

    4th Hour

    The other nifty thing that Adobe Scan did was it automatically re-sized the images to fit within a regular piece of paper.  I was able to print them and make packet for my students. Now, instead of writing copious amounts of notes, they were able to simply listen to their classmates describe their posters, highlight and annotate on the actual posters, and keep the rest as a study aide!   10/10, would absolutely use again!


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  • Humanities 10

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 11/25/2019

    Humanities 10 is a project based class incorporating both English Language Arts and American History learning. Having read Night by Elie Wiesel and researched their own human rights violation topic.  Students engaged in a Socratic seminar to unpack how we survive traumatic events.  

    • How does trauma impact a person’s faith, or lack thereof?
    • What does survival look like and sound like?
    • What does it look like and sound like when we struggle to overcome trauma? 
    • Are there some strategies that are successful and could/should be shared?

    Teacher Reflection: Socratic seminars are one of my favorite protocols to use in class to get students to voice how they truly feel about a subject.  Prior to the Socratic, students had been reading the novel Night  by Elie Wiesel and to hear them make connections from the book back to evidence and articles centering around the idea of what impact trauma can have on a human.  I believe this kind of discussion really makes the reality of the topic come to life for our students!


    Student Reflection: “ I really liked the seminar. It helps everyone get involved. Normal classes you memorize and copy it on the test. Socratic seminars you have to think.  

    We apply everything in here and it builds social skills. It also builds respect and responsibility and we get better as a whole.  Huge success in a tiny circle.” Nicholas

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  • Humanities 9 Perseverance PBL

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 11/21/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Humanities 9 has been engaged in a project of perseverance. They dug into how historical icons, contemporary figures, and fictional characters show their “toughness” and succeed in spite of adversity. Through mini lessons on race relations, LGBTQ, Native Americans, and education students took their surface knowledge and dove deep to find more about their chosen topic. 

    Teacher Reflection: With our current mental health crisis in America and the challenges students go through throughout their adolescent years, Mr. Baldwin and I felt like it was important to tackle what it means to persevere through difficult situations. As always, we wanted to bring in elements of history and ELA so we had students, with the theme of perseverance, choose, research, and present information on a historical, contemporary, and fictional character who is a good example of perseverance. I really loved this unit. I think by researching challenging situations in their figure’s lives, the students got to dig deeper into the humanity of these people who are otherwise removed from their everyday lives. I think, too, it gave students role models to look up to in times of crisis. This unit was so fun for me to see what subjects they gravitated towards, who they ultimately ended up choosing, and why they found these people such good examples of perseverance. 


    Student Reflection: 

    I have been interested in gender equality and feminism for as long as I can remember. I've always been confused as to why women and men are treated differently.

    I chose this topic because I am passionate about gender equality/women's rights and I wanted to learn more about the people throughout history that are trying to make gender equality a reality.

    Student Work:  

    Gender Equality Project - Malala Yousafzai

    African-American Relations Project - Barack Obama

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  • AP Biology -What's that cell telling us?

    Posted by Tara Harvey on 10/17/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Dr. Brittan Wilson’s AP Biology students are not just studying for an AP test, they are gaining the skills needed to cure diseases! Students are investigating different diseases to determine what cells and molecules are affected using primary research from institutions like the Mayo Clinic or The Center for Disease Control.  They can describe a healthy and an unhealthy cell in a person affected by a particular disease as well as the size, function, purpose, and cellular structure. They will then be assessing how this impacts an individual as a whole. The goal of this research is for students to experience the initial research process and to be able to assess what we already know about these diseases.  At the end of the term, they will be submitting a research proposal for what needs to be further assessed in order to cure their particular disease.

    Teacher Reflection: Science relies heavily on research skills and peer-review.   My goal with this project is to teach my students about the scientific research process through authentic research and a topic they choose. The project is designed to have the students break down their research into manageable pieces.  The students peer-reviewed each other’s projects looking for points of confusion and offered to clarify questions to one another. The students were also able to get new ideas regarding how to approach their own research. Seeing the varied approaches increased their understanding of both their own and others' processes as the project progresses.  This also exposes them to how science is reviewed in a conference-style setting. The students are struggling at some points within this process and I hope to add clarification as we move forward. They do seem to have a genuine interest in their selected topics and have expressed that it is helping them put or coursework into use.  


    Student Reflections- “I like being able to do peer review so we can edit it before we turn it in. It was helpful to me being able to draw out the cells and looking at other people’s drawings.” 

    “The project is very interesting. Especially learning how such a small change can cause disease. Research has been challenging but interesting.”

    Student Work-

    student work student drawing

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