Local teachers get help in the classroom

Staff report

JACKSON CENTER — The Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, is in the third year of its service projects. This year, one if it’s five projects was at Jackson Center Local Schools.

The group created high frequency word rings and filled homework folders with beginning of the year paper work for Jackson Center Kindergarten Teacher Wendy Yinger, in August.

Before school started member volunteers punched holes into flash cards they had separated before placing them on metal rings. The approximately 50 word rings and homework folders project was completed over the course of one morning. Mrs. Yinger’s kindergartners will make use of these units of work in learning frequently encountered words in reading while keeping organized between home and school.

Earlier this year volunteer members assisted Mrs. Yinger with her first project by recording students reading familiar stories for their individual student folders.

Delta Kappa Gamma will complete five adopt-a-classroom projects that will provide short-term assistance to several local teachers. These teachers were selected from several applications submitted in late spring based on the chapter’s ability to provide their time and talents towards a teachers needs.

Anna Local Schools first grade teacher Jamie Borchers requested assistance with preparing her room for the start of the new school year. Members spent several hours labelling and unpacking books, organizing materials and assisting with information packets that would contribute to a smooth start to the beginning of school.

Help with gathering baseline data and beginning with short cycle assessments was the request of Fairlawn kindergarten/grade 1 teachers Beth Butler, Mindy Cox, Penny Roe and Karen Roush. Information was collected by the chapter members on students’ beginning reading and math skills in mid-September. The teachers will use this data to decide how best to serve the students’ learning needs.

Reading/language arts teacher Jodi Hickman of Fairlawn is having members craft posters providing visual assistance in understanding key language concepts.

The final project will take place at Whittier Elementary with volunteer members creating learning games for kindergarten teacher Kelly Lyons. Students will spend time using the games in individual and group tutoring and learning centers.

Applications are being accepted now through Nov. 3, for the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. If more information is needed, please contact Bertie Ely at [email protected] or 937-492-5359.

Beta Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization that promotes personal and professional growth of women educators and excellence in education, conducts the Adopt-A-Classroom service project twice a year. Volunteer members provide time and service towards completion of the chosen projects. Membership in the organization is by invitation and currently has 65 active and retired teachers.

The local chapter was organized in 1946.

Staff report