September 2013 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Are you ready for some football?

A couple weeks ago, I shared the centers we were going to use to practice some number sense skills and standards.  Welp, we did that.  And we quickly figured out that the kids needed a wee bit more practice.  And by a wee bit I mean we backed things back up, and we decided we needed to try some new strategies. Late last week I put these together.  They’re working on a lot of the

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Building Math with a Sign In Board

This summer I went through two weeks of an algebra training.  It was basically just the 3rd grade teachers from my district.  A local professor has developed an algebra program that has been super successful in 4th and 5th grades and so they decided to extend it down to 3rd.  I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of going, but the professor was fantastic and kept things engaging!  As we were planning how we were going

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Place Value

This week we were starting to get into the swing of math.  I was planning the way I want to be planning.  I knew what I was doing for the week by Sunday- and that hadn’t happened yet this year.  Our activities were fun, engaging, hands-on, and had bodies moving.  I was so excited.  And then, we’ve decided to change things up for math.  We’re going to mix our kids between our two classes and

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Introducing the Scientific Method

Can I tell you a secret?  It’s not something I’m proud to share with you. I’ve never taught science before.  Never.  Not ever. Sure, when I was student teaching I “taught” it.  I don’t remember teaching any part of it in fifth grade.  When I student taught in first, it was inquiry based and so a lot of it I didn’t feel like I was actually teaching.  I found books and lead students in discussions.

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Five for Friday

I’ve never participated in Five for Friday before but there’s a few things I want to share, they’re random, and I’m feeling like we haven’t been doing much fun or exciting yet so I don’t have anything to share with you.  I hope to be back soon with something meaningful that I can share!  Until then, here’s some randomness! 1 Yesterday, when I had a brief moment to breathe to compose myself I walked by my desk

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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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