Hi! I’m Tessa and I Teach the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade

Hi!  I’m Tessa Maguire.  I have been teaching for 11 years in many different roles and schools.  My first 8 years were spent in nontraditional placements in elementary schools (hence where my blog name comes from).  I have been an interventionist, a reading teacher for grades K-5, an RtI coordinator K-8, a differentiation coach, and an instructional coach and administrator.  For the past three years I’ve been a third grade teacher.

My goal for this blog is to offer strategies and resources that make teachers’ lives a little bit easier.  I believe in standards based instruction, in ways that are engaging and thematic.  I strive to offer real-world solutions to the everyday struggles in the classroom: standards based instruction, classroom management, student engagement, and more.  My experiences have offered me the opportunity to learn from and alongside wonderful teachers, helping me improve my craft.  I share those experiences here.


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