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Kentucky Teacher: Bowling Green teacher Elizabeth Forbes showing students the buzz around the bees

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward As the sun came up over the trees, warming the two painted boxes on the outside of the wall of the Bowling Green High School baseball field, Elizabeth Forbes laughed. “The baseball guys are going to be so upset with me,” she said from behind a mesh screened hat. The two hives of honeybees there had begun to wake up, and several thousand bees had begun to cover...

Kentucky Teacher: Big Dig gives kids a firsthand look at the construction industry’s machinery, equipment

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward At the Big Dig, there was the sound of running engines, large machines digging up dirt and horns. A lot of horns. The Big Dig, an event open to the public at the Boone County Fairgrounds, gives children and adults the opportunity to sit on and operate different machines from across the construction and building industries. Children were allowed to drive excavators,...

Teachers have unique fishing experience, courtesy of a trip to Thomas More’s Biology Field Station

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward If you’ve ever wanted to give your students the chance to catch wild fish out of the Ohio River using currents of electricity, the Thomas More Biology Field Station in California, Ky., has just the thing for you. As part of a workshop organized by Tabitha Owens, who was the Kentucky Department of Education’s environmental education specialist at the time of...

Testing the Waters: Teachers take to the water to become more familiar with environmental education

By Bobby Ellis Kentucky Teacher A job can’t always be glamorous, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. A group of teachers from across the state slipped on their waterproof shoes, or slipped off their socks, and waded into a creek behind Pulaski County High School earlier this summer. Some slipped and almost fell, others were harassed by mosquitoes, and all of them dug through mud looking for...

Unusual Classroom: Kentucky teachers find out how Louisville Zoo can be a valuable educational tool

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward As a group of teachers from across the state entered the room for one recent professional learning session, they were greeted by some animals that you don’t normally see in a reception area. In a pen in the center of the room, an armadillo ran excitedly back and forth. A hedgehog sat in the hands of Jo Barrett, sniffing the air. And around the outside of the room,...