Today’s classroom might feel a little different than you remember, even if you’ve only been out of school for a short time. Teachers are often at the forefront of finding new ways to engage their students by integrating new technology into their curriculum. KVEC’s FireCast TV is a new half-hour traveling program that will highlight these new classroom innovations that are forging a new path for learning that could lead to a new economy in Eastern Kentucky.
For the fifth episode of FireCast, theHoller production team traveled to Fallsburg Elementary; Home of the Dragons! The faculty, staff, and students take tremendous pride in their school, as every wall, staircase, and classrooms were decorated with Fallsburg Dragon spirit.
Fallsburg adopted what is called STEMscopes for science classes two years ago. Every day of the week you follow a different E:
- Monday – Engage. Think back to remember the previous week prior knowledge.
- Tuesday – Explore. Students do a project-based learning activity to prepare them for the rest of the weeks’ curriculum.
- Wednesday – Explain. Where students do STEMscope media, students write or do a video in a wiki format about the content currently being learned.
- Thursday – Elaborate. Students learn about cross content connection. These activities involve mathematics and reading. All content covered is within the science standards.
- Friday – Evaluate. Students do claim evidence and reading which is basically a scientific open response and a multiple choice test to wrap up the week.
Fallsburg Elementary is one of the Activating Catalytic Transformation (ACT) schools at KVEC. ACT engages shared leadership teams in school and staff transformation through five key workstreams: facilitative coaching, clinical professional learning, networking, mentoring and micro-credentialing.
Eastern Kentucky schools really are forging innovation in rural education. Tune in to FireCast TV and come back in the coming weeks to learn more about the classroom experiences, ingenuity and drive of students, teachers, and administrators through the KVEC region.
If you would like for your school to be involved with FireCast be sure to fill out the
application through the link below.