<![CDATA[Friends of Moos - Meet a Moosketeer]]>Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:05:31 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Ms. Jessica Kick - Pre-K Teacher]]>Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:50:56 GMThttp://www.friendsofmoos.com/meet-a-moosketeer/ms-jessica-kick-pre-k-teacher
Teaching Philosophy:

-project-based learning (students pick an interest or study and teacher meaningfully plans activities/curriculum around student interest.) All concepts and studies are carefully introduced through investigation and activation of background knowledge. 

-play based learning-teacher carefully constructs and plans center time activities that will encourage social emotional development (interaction with peers and teacher) and cognitive development (learning and practicing new concepts through meaningful play). This also includes a substantial gross motor time where students are given ample time to engage in gross motor play with teachers and peers.

Focus on Oral Language Development

-Implement Tier II Vocabulary push in (to encourage reading to learn by 3rd grade)

-3 Read Aloud Model (research based and proven to improve reading comprehension/ story retelling)

-TALK strategy (where teacher encourages teacher-peer conversation to improve sentence structure and conversation)

-Partner Talk strategies from the Tools of the Mind Curriculum

I also had the Erikson early math collaborative training last year and utilize a lot of the ECE math curriculum with my students.


Jessica Kick was a 2012 ECE corps member of Teach for America, and worked at Marquette School of Excellence in Marquette Park as Pre-K teacher for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.   Jessica joined the amazing team at Moos Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year.  She is excited to begin her fourth year of teaching Pre-K.  Jessica graduated from Dominican University with her Masters in Early Childhood Education with Special Education Approval.  She is currently taking courses for the ESL endorsement through Roosevelt University, and will complete the program, July 2015. 

During her time with Teach for America, she has led workshops for corps members that includes, implementing writer’s workshop in a Pre-K classroom, responding to children’s behavior, finding your teacher voice in early childhood and developing student oral language.  In the summer of 2013, she was a session facilitator for AUSL at the new teacher-training summit.  She collaborated with AUSL coaches to create sessions that trained new teachers on developmentally appropriate practices in Pre-K.  Jessica applied for and was selected to attend an early childhood conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Speech School in November of 2013.  This conference focused on developing young children’s oral language, vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.  As an early childhood educator, Jessica’s teaching approach is project-based.  She believes that the best way for children to learn is through exploration and investigation.  She is passionate about holistic development in early childhood, and including oral language development and social emotional learning into her curriculum.  Jessica enjoys partnering with parents and families to make the Pre-K experience comfortable, safe and exciting.  She is a mommy to a precious 4-month-old boy, Liam Gregory.