What are teachers doing for Non-Traditional Instruction?

With Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) set to start district-wide tomorrow, we’ve spent the past week asking Manual teachers about their plans for NTI, how they will communicate with students and how their lessons will be different online as compared to in-person. We contacted or researched every Manual and YPAS teacher and compiled a list of their intentions. Teachers not included did not return our request for their NTI plans. This story will be updated as we hear back from more teachers.


Bickel, Jill

  • Will utilize Google Classroom, Turnitin.com and optional Zoom meetings
  • Plans to assign work weekly rather than daily
  • AP Seminar: Will continue argumentative paper using peer review on turnitin.com. 
  • AP English Language and Composition: Work on literary analysis of poetry and short fiction and College Board review work. 

Brennan, Martha

  • Will utilize optional Zoom meetings
  • Mission statement: “I will provide reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking opportunities for my students through traditional and digital instruction.”

Bruszewski, Thayne

  • Class will finish current projects
  • Plan to follow guidelines from both UofL and Collegeboard
  • After necessary AP or Dual Credit work, students will have room for more discussion based assignments.

Cooper, Erica

  • Will utilize Google Classroom, Zoom, Adobe Connect and maybe Loom or Screen-Cast-O-Matic.
  •  Plans to have weekly Zoom or Adobe Connect meetings
  • Working on a  a debate unit, a virtual public speaking unit and a satire unit
  • Utilize meetings to finish class novel

Crain, Michael

  • Will utilize Google Classroom
  • AP Literature: Will stay on track to finish reading “Crime and Punishment” and “Siddhartha.” They will take a more creative approach to poetry. Class track will depend on student feedback. 
  • Humanities: Will utilize social media and will ask students to look around their homes for inspiration to make music, art or dance. 

Ritchie, Amy

  • Will utilize Zoom meetings
  • Zoom meetings will include discussion around books and FRQ practice for AP exam. 

Sales, Emily

  • English 101: Students will create a 60-second concept video about the meaning of home and will have a chance to revise their essays for extra credit.
  • Advanced Junior English: Students will work on a choice-board assignment about changes in the American identity. They will have a choice of medium for their assignment (video, music, art, etc.).

Slagle, Becky

  • Will utilize phone calls to finish reading “Romeo and Juliette” aloud as a class
  • Assignments will include journals about things to do over the break and community conversations. 

Williams, Alesia 

  • AP Research: Assignments will focus on 5,000-word research paper and college prep.
  • AP English Language and Composition: Assignments will focus on AP exam, college prep and preparation for senior year.
  • Assignments will be through Google Classroom with most turned into TurnItIn
  • Daily office hours for students to receive a response “almost immediately”
  • Drafting plans for eight weeks in case school is closed past May 4.

Wilson, Dujuana

  • Will post one grammar or reading assignment a week for all English classes on Google Classroom
  • Sophomore English: Will complete an independent reading project through Google Classroom
  • Junior English: Will work on independent reading project and draft a speech based on class novel, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” 



Jury, Jacob

  • Will utilize YouTube, Zoom and Quizziz
  • Plans to post two YouTube videos a week to his channel and will assign Quizziz evaluations to assess where students are on the topic rather than for grading purposes. “These evaluations cannot be used to change grades, they will give us an indicator as to how our students will fair at the next level.”

Morris, Tyler

  • Will utilize Zoom, Google Classroom, Remind and AP Classroom
  • Will assign work to be done on a weekly basis
  • Pre-Calculus and Non-AP Calculus: Plans to post two to three video lessons per week for students to take notes and complete supplementary problems. Will also have zoom meetings and office hours for questions.  
  • AP Calculus: Will have set meetings which will mostly focus on review and which will be recorded and posted to Google Classroom afterward

Richards, David

  • Conduct live-streams through YouTube and Q&A sessions through Zoom
  • Will give students assessments to “see where they are” but will be flexible with grading
  • Plans to utilize Remind to keep in contact with students and assist with assignments

Roy, Dawn

  • Sending lessons in short video examples that students can watch as needed and written examples for the learner that prefers to process information by reading
  • Optional Zoom Q&A sessions for students needing assistance with a topic or assignment
  • Office hours through email and Remind where students can expect an immediate response

Tackett, Andrea

  • Optional live meetings through Zoom twice a week, posted as videos after to explain lessons and assignments
  • Office hours through Zoom daily and quick responses to email and Remind
  • Workloads will be lighter than normal classes and deadlines will be flexible.
  • Make-up work can still be submitted with no penalties and electronic versions of previous tests will be made available.

White, Nicole

  • Two short lessons per week that will be posted on Google Classroom
  • Three videos for each lesson: one with the lesson itself, one with several examples, and one with an explanation of the accompanying assignment.
  • Daily office hours on Zoom



Applegate, Chris

  • Optional assignments that will only boost student grades
  • Daily office hours through Zoom or Google Meets
  • Twice weekly check-in form
  • Physics: Content will be catered to student interest, beginning with changing a flat tire.

Hafell, Belinda

  • Will utilize Google Classroom, Annotate.net, Remind and multiple weekly Zoom meetings
  • Students can ask questions over Remind and will have the ability to watch Zoom meetings if they were unable to attend. 

Moss, Erin

  • Plans to have office hours from 8-9 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. daily where she will be available through Google Classroom, Remind and email
  • AP Chemistry: Will review past content and work through practice problems that will be posted on google classroom. There will be optional conference calls on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 1 and on Thursdays from 9 to 9:30.
  • MST Chemistry: Activities and assignments will be posted on google classroom. Class will go over questions on unit notes given to students before break. Students will do chemistry activities around their homes and will have optional conference calls on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 9:30 and on Thursdays from 12:30-1

Rich, Alexis

  • Will post lessons on Google Classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Will utilize screencastify and AP Collegeboard Classroom for review for AP Physics

Wilson, Adam

  • Communicate via Google Hangouts or email between the times 2-3:30 (office hours).
  • All work will be posted on Google Classroom
  • Weekly mini-projects every Monday that will be due at the end of the week.
  • Everyone will fill out a check-in form


Social Studies

Cecil, Allison

  •  AP Human Geography: Will post a pacing calendar on Google Classroom with activities and lessons for each unit.
  • Will utilize voluntary Google Meets and Google Forms checking on mental health and progress of students.
  • Will post YouTube review videos and will have set office hours

Holman, Tim

  • Twice weekly Zoom lessons with Q&A sessions at the end, posted afterward on Google Classroom
  • Various resources posted to Google Classroom to enhance student learning and reinforce content from Zoom lessons
  • Doubtful about giving assessments, and the workload of assignments will be lighter.

Krause, Robin

  • Discord class meetings once or twice a week
  • Students will continue with their homework calendar which is due April 17 and work on practice FRQs that model the AP exam.

Sharp, Richard

  • Plans to spend the first few weeks with “houskeeping items,” expectations and review for AP tests
  • Will modify plans based on information from the Collegeboard

Stottman, Beth

  • Will Communicate with students through Remind about updates from CollegeBoard
  •  Will utilize Google Classroom and Edmodo to post assignments and review materials

Robinson, Merritt

  • AP Human Geography: Will post a pacing calendar on Google Classroom with activities and lessons for each unit.
  • Will utilize voluntary Google Meets and Google Forms checking on mental health and progress of students.
  • Financial Literacy/Sociology: Will assign work on Google Classroom, possibly video clips or movie assignments to cater to students’ interest


World Language

Gutierrez, Marina

  • Adv. Spanish II: No new content will be covered
  • Plans on emphasizing content already taught with PowerPoints to review grammar
  • Virtual meetings at least once per week

Hibdon, Marcela

  • Spanish 1 Honors: Continue using Google Classroom for assignments 
  • Will utilize Conjuguemos, StudySpanish, Quia, Socrative, to check for understanding. 
  • Office hours through Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Lenihan. Kathryn

  • Have weekly Zoom calls to check in and will post assignments via Google Classroom
  • Assignments will be a lighter workload than normal

Shiroma, Cindy

  • Students will finish projects assigned before the missed days, some projects postponed until next year.
  • YouTube videos, online museum tours, Kahoots, Blooket and novellas will be used as instruction and all assignments will be through Google Classroom.
  • Plans to meet with students through Google Meets at least weekly

Smith, Tim

  • Cultural websites, YouTube videos, tutorials and movies will be used to help students practice their skills.
  • AP Spanish: Explore and learn one more theme before modified AP exam
  • Much less focus on grammar, which will be more emphasized next year


Visual Arts

Alford, Alana

  • Will post assignments that will enhance students’ understanding of art 
  • Plans to be flexible with students

Clinkingbeard, Julie

  • AP Art History: Review for AP test with video and class discussion
  • Junior/senior studio: Will design postage stamps
  • Non-VA art: Will work on found-object art and art with unusual subjects. 

Curtis, Wes

  • Will place emphasis on the smaller things in life by posting videos of himself noticing the small details in his home and in the world
  • Photography: Will shift to digital photography capturing small things in photos and noticing little details. Students will have a list of topics for their photoshoots. 
  • Drawing and Painting: Students will design a new paint job for Mr. Curtis’ old pickup truck, and he’ll pick one, and they will actually paint it this summer. Students will have a list of little topics to inspire their art. 

Young, Cyndi

  • Will utilize weekly Zoom meetings
  • Students in most classes will do an activity based on the earthworks artist, Andy Goldsworthy
  • Sophomores will work on clay heads


Journalism & Communication

Miller, James

  • Journalism 1: Ethics and philosophy via instructional videos. Possible mock trial via Zoom. 
  • Journalism 2: Continuing to work on investigative projects with regular check-ins. 
  • RedEye: Continue producing content to serve the Manual community with twice weekly Zoom meetings
  • CSPN-TV: Continuing to produce video stories with smartphones and editing software.

Palmer, Liz

  • All students will continue using Google Classroom. Please add the Classroom app to your phone and set up phones to receive your @manualjc email.
  • On the Record: Continue online reporting using a matrix credit system to choose new assignments.
  • Editorial Leadership: Weekly Zoom meetings to compare staff progress. Presentations will continue online. Turn in evidence of editor planning and meetings.
  • All other classes: Students will choose between Adobe & online tools to complete projects already in progress or start new ones.



Hartlage, Josh

  • Health: Google Classroom and other online health resources to teach content
  • Physical Education: Facilitating in-home workouts for students to participate in, modeled after Taylor Zuberer’s Instagram page for student athletes.




Wallace, David

  • Utilizing a district-provided website to help students with reading and comprehension levels
  • Short, grade appropriate lessons will feature a short quiz at the end to test students’ knowledge. 


Family/Consumer Science

Raley, Rebecca

  • Plans to utilize Google Classroom to post weekly lessons
  • Will host Google Chat lunch meetings on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 to 1 for students who have questions or would like to chat over lunch



Berry, Amy (Design and Production) 

  • Will post Google Classroom assignments on Mondays and post video lessons and Zoom calls
  • Plans to have evening office hours for students

Cook, Jacob (Vocal)

  • Will work on tasks that promote individual growth for students
  • Plans to work on vocal technique, music literacy skills, excerpts of choral music, solo repertoire (art song repertoire), music theory, and music history as it relates to the composers they study.

Kagan, Michael (Guitar) 

  • Will shift focus to solo guitar with video tutorials posted on Google Classroom
  • Plans to have 15-minute FaceTime lessons for students who have questions
  • Students will upload videos of themselves practicing based on the tutorials for feedback. 
  • Plans to hold three hours of office hours where he will be available through Skype, Google HangOuts and FaceTime. 

Mansilla, Kimberly; Laura Ruttan (Dance)

Students will choose one ballet and one modern project for the duration of NTI.

YPAS Dance - NIT Overview


Murner, Tim (Musical Theatre)

  • Plans to host multiple weekly Zoom meetings and smaller Zoom meetings for assessing pieces students have been working on. 
  • Will have office hours during which he will be available to answer questions.

Whisler, Dan (Orchestra)

  • Concert, Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestras: Will utilize Collabra for students to upload videos of their weekly practice and for assessments, focused on excerpts from selected pieces.
  • String Techniques: Will utilize Collabra for students to upload videos of their weekly practice and for assessments focused on scales and etudes.
  • Music Theory and Conducting: Will utilize YouTube video lessons and email to communicate with students. 

Hinds, Brian (Theatre)

  • Will assign plays for students to watch, read and write. 
  • Students will submit recordings of monologues which will get them used to auditions conducted through self-taping.

Jones, Jane B (Theatre) 

  • Directing 1 & 2: Will work on virtual auditions, preparing for casting a play using only self-taped submissions and will take a look at funding by preparing a grant application for a dream production. They will also examine theatre vs. film by watching a recording of a play and writing about what does and does not translate from one medium to another.
  • Playwriting: Will continuing to write a one-act play with digital peer feedback
  • Exploring Theatre: Will work on moth-style storytelling, playwriting exercises and play analysis.
Jayvon Rankin, Ofelia Mattingly, Payton Carns, Macy Waddle, EP Presnell and Maddie Gamertsfelder contributed to this story.