April 2013 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

1st Grade Math Warm Ups- Set 2

Last year, I created these Common Core math warm ups for our kindergarten teachers.  Our kids go full day, a long day, and come in knowing quite a bit of content.  This allows them to go through most of the K standards by Christmas, and the 1st grade standards the second semester.  Of course, they don’t quite get it all, and they have to spend time reviewing.  But it really prepares the kiddos for first

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Pets in the Classroom

Here’s a great program you may or may not know about! Pets in the Classroom recently contacted me and asked if I’d share their wonderful program.  Here’s what they sent me!   Pets in the Classroom is an educationalvgrants program supporting responsible pet care for school classrooms. Sponsored by the Pet Care Trust, the goal of the program is to establish healthy child-pet relationships by supporting responsible pet care in Kindergarten-8th Grade classrooms across the

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Science Journals and BOGO!

I’ve finally gotten back into the swing of products and blogging- I think.  It’s not been 10 days between posts and I think I know another couple posts I’ll be doing in the next few weeks.  That’s remarkable for how I’ve been the last month or so.  Most teachers get in their funk about this time of year (or March-ish).  I’m usually coming out of my funk by then.  My funk is like the end

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RtI Record Keeping

I’ve been wanting to share my record keeping process for my RtI groups but my photos came out blurry.  So, then I took some new ones.  Those are still blurry but I figured I’d share them anyway! 🙂  As many of you know, I spend a lot of my day working with RtI students and oversee my building’s RtI program.  I did this in a previous position at a previous school as well.  The ideas

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Story Problems

I’m heading back from California today.  It was a great, but tiring, 6 days away.  I managed to stay relatively unplugged while I was gone- shocking!  I did some work in the mornings while everyone else was still sleeping since my body is still on Central time.  I did some pinning from my phone here and there, and checked in on email as they came in.  It was nice to get away, relax, and not

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.




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