July 2014 - Tales from Outside the Classroom
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Ideas to help kids to Restate the Question in the Answer

A loooong while ago I posted about using PQA to teach kids to restate the question in their answers and to help their responses on constructed response questions.   After hearing from teachers from all over, I realized that 1) Many people don’t call restating the question PQA and 2) It’s a struggle for kids all over. In my state, 3rd grade is the first year that kids participate in high stakes assessment.  A big

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School Supply Deals- Week of 7/27/14

S It’s time for another week of school supply shopping!  A few weeks ago I shared a post showcasing a great giveaway from Coupons.com and shared some of their great online coupons to help you get school supplies, especially large purchases, cheaper.  Click the image below to head over there to check out their current school supply coupons and to enter the big giveaway! If you’re shopping in brick and mortar stores, check out this

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Back to School Tips

The Back to School season is officially upon us.  I’m joining together with some of my favorite bloggers to give you a bunch of tips to help you sail into the new year smoothly!  The beginning of each school year is always a bit hectic. With new items to set up in your classroom, and getting things prepared for students, it’s a lot of work. And that doesn’t even include trying to learn a new

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Use old wooden stools to create share chairs for the classroom.

Monday Made It: DIY Share Chair

I’m linking up for my first ever Monday Made It.  I’m not the crafty type.  As much as I want to be, and I want to be successful, I just don’t have the crafty gene.  Most of my stuff is worthy of being on Pinterest Fail.  I try and I try and I try and I try.  And it just never quite comes out the way it should.  So I generally don’t care to share

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School Supply Deals: Week of 7/20

It’s here.  This is the week things start getting real.  The week where you start going to four stores each week so you can get the best deals.  The week when you realize your summer is now dedicated to Back to School.  Here are the great deals this week. And just a reminder- I don’t post every school supply sale.  I post the ones that I think are the best “deals”.  The ones you want

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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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