May 2013 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Hi, Remember Me?

Wow!  It’s been an incredibly long time since I last posted. Sometime in March I found out it was very likely I would no longer have a position at my school.  I love my school.  We have a fantastic staff and have been able to do phenomenal things with kids.  I’ve been incredibly sad and disappointed that I’ll be leaving.  The staff only found out this week so I felt like I couldn’t say anything.

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Fabulous Feedback

When I heard the idea for the Fabulous Feedback linky, I was all over it.  I mean, I get an opportunity to showcase and share the nice things people say about what I pour my heart and mind over to create?  Who wouldn’t want to do that?  And, honestly, we get some interesting feedback, and interesting might not even be the right word, so getting a chance to show the good stuff is great.  It’s

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When I’m busy, you win!

I’ve been busy as a bee the last few days.  Bizzy.  Bizzy.  Bizzy.  I found my mojo, I kept my ADD in check (self-diagnosed, of course).  And I finished up two ideas I’ve had in my head, because no idea should be stuck in that craziness. First, I fiiiiiinally finished the final set of my 3rd grade story problems so I could upload and bundle.  Sheesh! It feels like I’ve been working on these forever.

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Teachers Notebook Sale! and a random freebie

What are you up to this weekend?  I’m staying home and relaxing after the stressful week I’ve had.  If you live in Indiana you’re sure to know, and I wonder if others do too, but our state testing this week was a disaster!!  The state mandated that all testing be online.  And, well, they weren’t ready to handle that.  CTB, our provider, and an arm of Mc-Graw Hill, had their servers crash more than once.

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming right up!  To me, Mother’s Day is the official start of fun.  The weather is usually nice, and it’s beginning to feel like summer.  The school year starts winding down.  Last year I posted this free Mother’s Day craft and took lots of cute pictures of it up all over my school.  Here are a couple from some firsties. It’s a pretty simple design meant to be copied onto white paper

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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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