2017 Printable Calendars

2017 Printable Calendars

Over the last several months I’ve been using printable calendars in several different ways in my classroom and at home.  I went to download January in anticipation of the new month (I’m on top of my game by 2 days, shocking!) and decided to just create my...

An Art Filled Halloween

An Art Filled Halloween

I work at an arts integration magnet school.  We’re all at various levels of comfort with our art integration and I am often looking for new and different ways to incorporate the arts into our day.  Part of our job as classroom teachers isn’t just to have...

Quick Tips for Back to School

Quick Tips for Back to School

When I think of my struggles and frustrations from my first few years in the classroom, many of it revolved around all of the materials and resources I was accumulating and where the heck it was all supposed to go.  I tend to get behind and bogged down during the year...

Calendar in the Primary Classroom

Calendar in the Primary Classroom

Since I’m moving from third grade to first grade for next year (and then I’ll loop with my kids twice up through third grade) I’ve spent my summer organizing all of my materials, looking for what I’ll need, and setting up my classroom in a...

A Look at my Math Block

A Look at my Math Block

I first started teaching self-contained third grade three years ago.  After spending close to 10 years in and out of classrooms, working with intervention students, and seeing some amazing teaching and learning, I knew I wanted to do math centers in my room and I knew...

A Close Look at Fluency: Supported Reading

A Close Look at Fluency: Supported Reading

(Note: Affiliate links are used in this post.) I’m continuing to look at ways to improve my students’ reading fluency using The Fluent Reader by Tim Rasinski.  As with nearly everything in teaching students, fluency should be taught and practiced following...

9 YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Science

9 YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Science

I’m always looking for new videos to show my kids, especially when it comes to the content areas where I feel like I don’t have enough resources.  We have an old science textbook, and we get FOSS kits, but there’s so much more to show students for...

A Look at our ELA Test Prep

A Look at our ELA Test Prep

I wish I could say we don’t spend any of our instructional time on ELA test prep.  I wish I could say that the tests were straightforward and gave me quality data to help make instructional decisions about my kids’ learning track.  I wish I could say that...

A Close Look at Fluency: Read Alouds

A Close Look at Fluency: Read Alouds

The first way Dr. Rasinski suggests to increase reading fluency is by modeling fluent reading to students by reading aloud to them.  Read alouds help build interest in reading.  They increase students’ vocabulary by exposing them to words they likely...

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Hi There! I'm Tessa.

I'm currently looping with my class through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades and love sharing our adventures.


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