June 2014 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Using Google Docs to Create Interactive Mind Maps

Today, I’m going to share the second video in the series.  It’s how you can use Google Docs to create Mind Maps with your students.  Check out the video below in the post for a step by step tutorial. In April, I shared how I use Google Docs in my classroom to give students a quiz or instead of a worksheet.  I also shared how I use the spreadsheet for data tracking.  If you missed

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Wednesday Website: PixiClip

I have an exciting new website to share with you today for Wednesday Website!  PixiClip provides the tools to give you an interactive whiteboard, and even allows you to connect your mic and webcam to add in recordings of your voice and yourself!  If you are doing a flipped classroom, this would be an amazing tool!  I’m not lucky enough to have an interactive white board in my room, but received a projector and document

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Popsicle Sticks in the Classroom

I’m posting over on Owl-Ways Be Inspired today.  I’m sharing how I use popsicle sticks in my classroom.  Just click the picture below to head there.  We’re starting a weekly linky on different ways everyday items can be used in the classroom, so keep checking back there for loads of great ideas.

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Why I’m Not Always a Blogger

I finished up with school on Tuesday.  Well, the kids finished Friday and thanks to the terrible winter we had, the teachers still had a professional day on Monday, and then a make up professional day on Tuesday.  It was a very long and difficult home stretch this year.  Let me back up and explain. Shortly after the school year started I heard about this tax referendum on the ballot this year.  Our district is

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End of the Year Freebies for Teachers

Freebies for the End of the Year

The last few weeks of school have been insanely busy!  On top of the normal end of year stuff, this year my school is closing and so there’s a million packing, moving, starting a new job things that I’m also trying to do.  Then I’ve had a million events in the evenings as well.  The kids still have 5 days, and then the teachers have two more, and so we still have a bit of

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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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