Ken Hackman - Zoology
Hello everybody! Welcome to the basic site for zoology. My name is Ken Hackman, and hopefully, your student has just logged back on for a virtual learning experience in an unusually interesting but exciting year! I'm definitely not your run of the mill kind of guy, and these are not normal times. However, I love my church, my family, and my job! I have a great passion for the material I teach, and I hope it shows, and that your student learns all they can from my tutelage while we go through this time together.
These are indeed uncertain times, and hopefully, we will all soon be back where we belong. I miss the students, more than you know, and I hope they miss school!
Ours is a 'living' laboratory. Yes, Zoology is a lab-based science, but I believe that the greatest lab is the world itself. In the room are tanks full of sponges, cnidarians, arthropods, worms, mollusks, frogs, turtles, snakes, and amphibians, and fishes! Yes, fishes IS a word, by the way! Hopefully, your student will be learning all about the creatures that we will study first hand in a dynamic and exciting fashion. It is my goal to do more than just give your child information, but to prepare them for the future, as well. I tell them that unless they become employed in some scientific field, the individual facts they learn in my class aren't nearly as important as HOW they learn and to what they aspire. While we are taught NOT to tell students that, and there are real-world applications from this information, to a degree, this is a course of great enrichment of knowledge.
Rather than the ubiquitous Canvas, your student uses a different website to do all of their work in my class. That is located at www.quia.com . Each individual class has a separate web page, so if you need to reach me for that site, simply email me at the email address above. On the left toolbar of this page is information for the current unit we are studying, and that can be accessed by anyone at any time. The unit we are working on now is Unit One: The Principles of Zoology.
The school Phone number is 601-856-7121 --- HOWEVER, I am much easier reached via email.
Please understand that we are going through some difficult times. I am trying to reach a happy medium with the activities we do over the remainder of the time we are out. I'm not sure how long it will be before we are all back where we all want to be. PLEASE, limit your exposure and that of your student. None of the outdoor enrichment activities which will follow later are designed to be done in groups.
The first progress report issued probably will reflect a lower score than you are used to seeing for your student. The rigor in this course is quite demanding. It usually takes a test or two for the students to realize how to meet the expectations held for them in this course. Please understand their grades WILL improve.....it may just take longer than you are accustomed to.
All current information is available on a personal website, posted below for each class period.
Please note that if the link doesn't work, all you need to do is copy and paste into your browser!
All homework, a calendar of assignments, and study guides are available through:
For information on access by parents, email Mr. Hackman using the
e-mail link above.
About the Teacher:
Zoological Field Studies Coordinator
B.S. Mississippi State University, 1983
President: Mississippi Ornithological Society