Step Into 2nd With Mrs. Plunkett
First off, let me say I'm excited to start the new school year soon. I can't wait to meet all my 2nd graders! A little about myself is that besides being a teacher, I've been married to my best friend, Matt Plunkett, for 6 years and we have 2 beautiful kids, Jackson, our curious 3 year old, and our sweet girl, Brooklyn who just turned 1. We live in Commerce, where we met and grew up. Most of our family lives there too, so we get to see our families often too. I love hanging out with my family, traveling to places I've never been, cooking, being outside when it's not 100°, going to the movies, sports, going to concerts, and crafting.
I graduated with my bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Science at Texas A&M University in Commerce. I did my student teaching in grades 5th and 6th grade in science and math. Also, while attending college, I was a lifeguard where I taught swim lessons for elementary aged children. I've always loved teaching and helping kids in and outside the classroom. This will be my 2nd year at Cooper Elementary School and my first year to teach 2nd. I can't wait to use innovative and helpful teaching strategies to help my kids reach their goals this year. I know kids can do anything they set their minds to when they have support and a safe and caring learning environment.
As the year progresses, you may notice that our classroom doesn’t run like other classrooms. We will be learning through Whole Brain Teaching, a research based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons, and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture-discussion model. Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary. While students teach each other, the teacher walks around the room to discover who understands the lesson and who needs more instruction. Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units …plus, it’s amazingly fun! For more information about Whole Brain Teaching please contact and/or go towww.WholeBrainTeaching.com.