January 2014 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Wednesday Website: E-Learning for Kids

Click the image above to go to all of my other Wednesday Website posts. I just recently found this website, E-Learning For Kids, and I’m so excited to start using it with my kids.  My favorite part about it is that it’s FREE!  E-Learning for Kids was developed to give kids independent instruction and practice of many different grade level skills. You can see along the top band that there are ways to use the

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Wednesday Website: FreeRice.com

Over the summer I did a weekly Wednesday Website linky. Quite a few people said they were disappointed I was cancelling it, so I’ve decided to start it back up again.  I doubt I’ll get one posted each week, but I like sharing websites that I find because there’s so many out there.  You can click the label Wednesday Website on the sidebar to see all of the posts. This week I’m sharing with you

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RAFT Writing: Teaching students to analyze writing prompts

RAFT Writing

I first heard of RAFT writing several years ago as a strategy for students to show their content knowledge beyond just writing reports.  Most of the suggestions for use have been in upper grades classrooms, especially in middle school and high school.  It’s also a common format for writing in content areas to have students demonstrate their understanding of the topic that has been learned- often as a product at the end of the unit. 

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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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