November 2013 - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Ideas and resources for close reading

Close Reading

A few years ago, shortly after the widespread implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Close Reading was a big buzz in literacy education.  Mainly, people weren’t sure what it was and how to implement it in their classroom  I went to a training on Reading in the Common Core with Dr. Tim Shanahan.  As the former head of IRA, I knew he’d be wealth of information and would give good ideas and resources.  I

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Interactive Multiple Choice

Are you needing some ideas for livening (is that a real word?!?) your multiple choice questions?  When I was teaching reading I sometimes felt that the best resources I had to review something was a worksheet.  It certainly was the easiest thing to find, and my first year teaching, an Edhelper subscription was about all I had.  But, dealing with below level readers was difficult if I was using too many worksheets.  Plus, it bored

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Apples, Pumpkins, and Spiders, Oh My!

A few weeks ago we went to the local apple orchard and got ourselves some apples and a pumpkin.  We were studying apples as part of social studies (way more than you might just think).  I knew I wanted to spend a bit of time doing the standard math and science that they experienced in the younger grades with them when we swung back around to science.  The way things worked out, we hit it

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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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