McDougle 3-5 Coach Connection

October 2014

Collaborative Literacy PD

Our first 3-5 Literacy Professional Development on Robust Vocabulary Instruction was a joint effort between 5 specialist from McDougle. Rosemary Campbell reviewed pertinent information covered from last year’s Vocabulary PD. Kris Dunn, ESL Specialist explained how the SIOP strategies and intentional planning assist students. Susie Applequist, Math Specialist, revealed that many words hold multiple meanings in Math and other content areas. She also shared how confusing Key Words can mislead students. Lisa Myles, AIG Specialist, informed the group that highflyers often know only one meaning and use of a word. Finally, Kim Mellor, 2nd Grade Teacher, shared her action research on vocabulary. She showed the group her 8-10 day plan for intentional vocabulary instruction and how she plans to conduct her research. From this collaborative effort teachers began work on their own Vocabulary Units at McDougle.

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Meet Natalie Sayag

Meet one of our newest 3-5 teachers-Miss Natalie Sayag (also known as Chelsey's best friend). Natalie comes to MES from Andrews Elementary in Alamance/Burlington where she taught 3rd and 5th grade. Natalie is originally from Germantown, Maryland. She attended Elon University (along with Chelsey) and now lives in Durham. You might see Natalie tap dancing down the halls because that's her favorite hobby, dancing. Watch out, you might catch her watching the Washington Redskins too. Natalie's favorite food is ketchup with French Fries. She has one brother (age 21) and is in graduate school at UNC for Literacy- Yippeee! We are so glad to have her here at McDougle. Welcome Natalie Sayag to our 3-5 team.