July 2014 - Page 2 of 2 - Tales from Outside the Classroom
4 Corners instructional strategy

4 Corners- A Kinesthetic Preassessment

4 Corners is a strategy typically used to build students’ anticipation for new content.  You can use it to gauge students knowledge and comfort with a topic before you begin teaching.  But, one of my favorite ways to review a skill is to use the 4 Corners strategy. I like it because it gets the kids up and moving. I also like it because your kids can hide within the pack if they aren’t confident

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School Supplies Deals- Week of 7/13/14

It’s here.  It’s officially the Back to School season.  I’m not quite ready for that yet, as it’s giving me stress about everything I haven’t yet accomplished {you know, since I haven’t started anything yet}.  But, I also can’t pass up a good deal so I’m going to start wrapping my head around the school year and make sure I grab great deals each week. If you didn’t follow me last year to see each

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Teacher Lesson Planner

Last year I used a customizable teacher planner from A Modern Teacher as my plan book, and I loved it!  I loved that I was able to make it completely the way I needed and wanted.  I’m a paper planner kind of person, and so having one that I can make completely to work for me and my tastes makes me excited. Here are a couple pictures I uploaded last year on Instagram. April has

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Back to School Season is Here!

It’s July which means the Back to School season has arrived.  You may not be ready to think about school at all yet, and I’m not really either, but it’s time.  That is, if you want to get some great deals on school supplies. I’m a couponer.  Once I saw how much I could save by using coupons for household items, I started saving and stockpiling.  I’m not the best couponer in the world, but

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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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