March 2014 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Book Look: Freedom River

I’ve decided to do a new, regular feature on my blog called Book Look.  There are SO many fantastic trade books out there that it’s so hard to know about all of them.  Plus, new ones keep coming out.  I thought it would be fun to share many of them with you.  I already have a Children’s Books tab on my website, but I’m terrible at updating it, so this will help me stick to

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3rd Grade Story Problems for March

We finished up our first round of state testing this week, and have our next test coming up the following week.  As much as I felt I had given my kids enough practice with story problems, I apparently hadn’t, because many of them did not do as well as I had expected on the math test.  Of course, this was just from over the shoulder peeking, but the first thing that jumped out was that

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Wednesday Website: GoNoodle

Click the image above to go to all of my other Wednesday Website posts.  It’s been a few weeks since my last WW post, but I’m back with a great one.  Have you heard of GoNoodle? It’s a free site that lets you build Brain Breaks into your day.  I’ve been using it the last couple weeks to make sure I’m actually doing breaks in the day, and I’ve loved it so far! They have

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A Twist on Word Walls

I’m participating in another Bright Ideas blog hop today.  This time I’m sharing a different take on word walls. I started this year in a new grade, in a new building, and of course wasn’t as organized as I should be, even though I spent a ridiculous amount of hours at school this summer.  Once the school year started, I could not, for the life of me, figure out where my premade Word Wall words

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Testing Treats

We began our state testing today.  Dun. Dun. Duuuuuuuuuuun. It’s a big day in my world.  It’s the day that leads to all those decisions on whether the kids have learned enough.  On whether the kids can apply their knowledge.  On whether I’m good enough. There are so many things I’d like to say in response to that.  There are so many better ways to evaluate students and their progress than a very large and

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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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