June 2013 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Wednesday Website #3

Thanks to Ashley for the adorable girl clip art! It’s week 3 of Wednesday website!  This week, I’m sharing another site that’s fantastic for the primary grades.  I first learned about it when I was student teaching.  I went to use it again and couldn’t find it, but I see that it’s with Earobics now (or always was?) and so it’s hosted on their site. GameGoo Alien Scavenger Hunt is in the intermediate level and

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Whole Class Classroom Management

I have a new, well maybe not new for you, classroom management thought process to share with you.  In all of my 7 years in education, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to spend many of my days inside the classrooms of phenomenal teachers!  I used to say I had the best job ever because I could sit and watch great teachers, steal their ideas, and then share them with others.  It’s also given me

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Wednesday Website #2

Welcome to week #2 of Wednesday Website!  If you click the image above you can head to the first week’s post and link-up! This week, I decided to go with a website that I’ve used with my older grades students in the past.  Last week was focused on younger students so I thought it’d be good to go to the other spectrum of things.  Plus, I’ll be using this one in 3rd grade next year

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IKEA Classroom and Decor

Over the years, I’ve managed to find a lot of my classroom furniture and other storage and usable pieces from IKEA.  IKEA is relatively affordable, and some of their storage solutions are perfect for the classroom since they’re designed to fit smaller spaces.  IKEA is about an hour or so away from me, but every couple years I make the trek up there to see what else I might need for my classroom. A few

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3rd Grade and Big Lots

Did you see the post title?  Did you put two and two together?  No?  Well, here, I’ll fill you in…. I’m going to be teaching 3rd grade next year!!!! Okay, so here’s the best part.  I will be teaching 3rd with one of my friends (and just her) at a school I worked at 4 years ago.  I was a differentiation coach there, was RIF’ed, but am so excited to be heading back!  I won’t

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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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