The K-2 Coach's Corner

Tidbits of helpful information December 2014

Books on Compact Disc for Listening Centers

Colleagues, thank you for opening the December 2014 issue of our K-2 Coach's Corner. Our listening library in the K-2 book room is growing as a result of our generous families via DonorsChoose. Hope Kilgo shares some of her experiences running a marathon, Jaslin Dais, Lynnlee Wotortsi, and Alicia Leganza exclaim over the new books received from grants posted on Donors Choose and we wait expectantly for the book orders Patrenia Walk-McDowell, our principal, placed for us.

New Books For Our Classroom Libraries

A classroom library can be the heartbeat of a classroom. It offers a glimpse of a teacher's personality, and reflects the importance of literacy in the classroom. I believe every teacher -- no matter what subject he or she teaches -- should have one.

We should provide access to books in our classes with the same differentiated approach we bring to any other lesson, assessment, or activity. Our classroom libraries should reflect the full range of levels of the students in our rooms.

Academic Language in the Classroom

"Academic language is more than vocabulary, terms, conventions and genres. Academic language is the language that is used in school to acquire new or deeper understanding of the content and communicate that understanding to others." Why is it needed? "Close attention to words, sentences, and language use within the context of the text's unfolding ideas initiates students into the academic language essential to becoming an educated person." (all of the above is taken from the ELA SCOOP December 2014 from the NC Department of Public Instruction. Check it out by clicking on the link below.
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Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

On January 5th Kim will become an Ephesus Roadrunner! (She will be the only roadrunner that S.W.I.M.s). She is excited about the upcoming work and feels more prepared because her experience at McDougle over the last nine years has been filled with growth opportunities while surrounded by supportive colleagues.

Rena: So, Kim tell me a little bit about your interest in becoming an IFL Coach.

Kim: Working with literacy coaches in my job as a teacher created an interest in helping teachers reflect on their instructional practices. As teachers we create and implement plans that teach children how to read. I felt like working as an IFL coach will help me do that on a larger scale. I am interested in working on the reflection aspect of literacy instruction.

Rena: Did your work with The Governors Teacher Network spur you on?

Kim: Absolutely. Collaborating with teachers all over the state and hearing about the great variety of projects has made me realize how much I have to learn. I feel like working as a coach will push my learning to another level. Learning to coach teachers will be an integral part of my personal growth as an educator. Patrenia's quote, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!" is certainly where I am headed. I understand that the new work will take me to some places where I am going to be very uncomfortable, but I am embracing the 'uncomfortableness' knowing richer life experiences are in store.

Kim, on behalf of your colleagues: We wish you the very best. Congratulations, may Good Luck, Happy Days, Blue Skies and Strength of Purpose sustain you in your new adventure!" We will miss you.

And Now A Little Something From Me to You! (this is a serve to company tuna casserole)

Tuna Cheese Imperial

1 pkg. 8 oz. lasagna noodles

2 1/2 cups milk

1 pkg. 8 oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sliced pimento olives

5 T. flour

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

3 cans tuna

2 T. chives, finely chopped

about 12 oz. sliced muenster cheese

Cook noodles.

Melt butter, stir in flour, salt, pepper and cook til bubbly. Slowly add the milk and stir until thick. Add cream cheese to mixture and stir until melted. Add drained tuna, olives and chives. Remove from heat.

Put 3/4 cup mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish. Add a layer of noodles, more sauce, then muenster cheese. Continue layering until topped with sauce and cheese.

Cover and bake until bubbly at 350 degrees. Then uncover for the last 10 minutes.


Happy Holidays to each of you!

Dearest K-2 Teachers,

Thank you for coming to work every day! Thank you for loving what you do! Thank you for never giving up! Thank you for seeing the silver lining in every cloud! Thank you for offering a warm collegial spirit to one another! I hope you have a restful and safe holiday filled with delight.

With sincere and kind regard,