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Welcome to Mrs. Cook's 2nd Grade class

I helped open Timber Creek in 2012. I have been teaching 3rd grade for many years, so I have to admit a little reluctance when asked to teach 2nd grade. I look forward to each year, knowing that I have the privilege to help grow and develop future leaders. I was honored by my colleagues in 2014 to be voted Teacher of the Year, and in December of 2014, was chosen as the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month.
I am very serious about how education can improve the use of technology in elementary school, and 2 years ago piloted Bring Your Own Device here at Timber Creek. I feel it was very successful, and strive to embed high-level technology activities into our daily learning.
I LOVE math, and love helping children see the fun in it. My goal is that students learn that Math Makes Sense, and it is our job to make sense of math. We struggle with word problems and Addition facts, and in the end, come out better math thinkers!
When Mrs. Thompson asked me to move from 3rd grade to second, I was nervous, because I haven't taught reading for a long time.  But my mother (who taught 1st grade for 26 years) said, "I think you've forgotten how much you loved it."  As I was getting out my book sets, and going to staff development this summer, I realized she
was right!
Another love is Science (especially Geology; yep, that's right, Rocks!) We are experimenting, goggle-wearing, inference-making scientists who learn that science is all about asking questions! Science is hands-on fun learning, and I especially like to see children really dig in and think about what makes our world so cool.
I was born in Iowa, and attended Luther College, where I majored in Spanish and Religion (I was able to attend the University in Mexico City and lived with a Spanish-speaking family). Then I got my teaching certification from the University of Iowa, and moved to Garden City, Kansas, where my first job at Buffalo Jones Elementary was teaching bilingual 6th grade to 31 students! I met my husband, and went to 3rd grade by principal request, still teaching bilingual. We were then transferred to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, where I taught 5th grade GT math. When my son was born,I took some time away from education to raise my 3 kids, and our family was transferred to Houston.
My oldest son is an assistant manager at Denny's, my 20 year old daughter is an Art/Art Education double major at the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green), and my 18 year old son graduated in May and is still figuring it all out. I also have 2 dogs, who add more than a little excitement to our home!
When I'm not teaching, I really love to go to the movies, do jigsaw puzzles, and play board and card games. I am an avid reader (so I love Barnes and Noble gift cards!), and like to go walking with my dog. Unfortunately, I broke a bone in my foot setting up my classroom, and because of health issues, my body heals very slowly, so you'll see me scooting around on my knee scooter for a long while!

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October 30-November 3rd

Homework -

Spelling: Long U

Reading: NONE- Family Day

Math: page 213-214

Weekly question: Write about a time when you were a producer and consumer.

We need to get our First in Math usage up.  Please allow your child to use this educational program for 10-15 minutes daily to increase automaticity with math facts.  There should be no fingers, no thinking, when they are studying flash cards with you daily.  Please break them into chunks, studying about 15 new cards each week, along with the learned ones.
We will have a Math Benchmark on Monday.  It is supposed to contain questions about Place Value and greater than, less than, comparing. I'm very proud of the progress the students are showing in using Part/Part/Whole diagrams for Word Problems.  This will help them a lot when we begin to mix Addition and Subtraction.
On that same note, I would like to share our writing progress!  The kids did a cold write at the beginning of the year, and again last week. Our writing stamina has improved so much; the kids wrote almost double the amount they had before.  They are showing a lot of growth in writing about a Small Moment, and their creativity is beginning to show.  We are beginning Expository writing, which is writing that explains something, and the kids have really enjoyed making our Main Idea posters together, and this week they will write their own!

Parents can submit photos for the yearbook!

Send us your best snapshots for the Yearbook!  If you’ve got great photos of school events, please share them with us. The more photos you share, the better our yearbook will be for everyone!  It's easy; submit your photos today!

To upload photos from your mobile device:  ​

  *   ​Search for Balfour Image Share in your app marketplace
  *   Download the app and create your account:

​        Enter your name, email and our project number:  820254

        Check your email for a confirmation code.  Enter it, select a username and password to complete your registration.

  *   ​​​Our upload code is:  1718

(Option:  Point your web browser to images.balfour.com to upload photos from your computer)

*The yearbook staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content.  We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

  *   ​Images should be in JPEG or PNG Format, RGB
  *   Maximum file size is 20 MB per image

Yearbooks and Ads celebrating your 5th Grader are on sale now!  Visit balfour.com to create and purchase online.

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Russell at deborahrussell@tomballisd.net.

Thank you!​