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Team teaching scores with students

Team teaching scores with students

December 10th, 2012 in News

Rhiannon McKee assists a student during class at Jefferson City High School Tuesday afternoon. McKee and fellow teacher Abigail Nahlik are teaching a hybrid biology and literature class together this year.

Sophomore Carleigh Burks sat hunched at her laptop, staring at it with a perplexed expression. "I'm trying to find out what the elemental composition of a lipid is," she told her biolit teacher, Rhiannon McKee.

McKee directed Burk to a memorization aid - a puzzle of sorts - that students had worked on earlier in the week. "What elements does it say?" McKee asked. A paper scrap indicated lipids are composed of carbons, hydrogen and oxygen.

"Do you get that?" McKee queried gently.

"Yeah, I'm good," said Burks.

Burks is one of 39 students enrolled in "Biolit" at Jefferson City High School. The class is an integration of two core subjects - Biology I and English II - melded into one year-long course worth two credits to students. The class is co-taught by McKee, a biology teacher, and Abigail Nahlik, an English teacher and the school's speech and debate coach.