August 2014 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Classroom Tour 14-15

Kids started school last Wednesday so I’m a little behind in posting my classroom tour.  I wanted everything to be ready and perfect before I posted it.  My classroom decor is a black and white color scheme with pops of teal.  I mix patterns (damask, chevron, polka dots) but that’s just been incidentally.  My room reflects me and my style, but the decor makes it feel homely.  This isn’t the kind of theme that’ll need

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Class Dojo with an Economy System

Using Class Dojo with a Classroom Economy System

I heard about Class Dojo partway through the year several years ago when it first came out and tried it out, and it became a HUGE tool in my class.  My class needed some sort of cue when their behavior was less than stellar and THRIVED on positive reinforcement.  I have never been a fan of public displays for behavior management and so this was difficult for me at first, but my kids needed that

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Meet the Teacher

I’m excited to join in on this fun linky from Falling into First.  This is a fun way to help you get to know me a little better. Here I am on Friday (my birthday!) with my best girl, Piper.  The picture is a little fuzzy and there’s terrible lighting with the windows behind me, but you get the idea. I’m excited to begin my second year teaching 3rd grade next week, though I wish

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School Supply Deals- Week of 8/10/14

I missed last week’s school supply deals.  Oooops!  With the TpT sale, the back to school rush, and just some other busy things going on, I just didn’t get to it.  i didn’t even really do any supply shopping other than a quick trip for penny composition books (Thanks Office Max!).  This week it looks like I’ll need to make a few different trips! Staples Sharpie Chisel Tip Highlighters 5ct.- $3- FREE after rebate- Limit

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Do you Audible?

Have you heard of Audible?  It’s Amazon’s marketplace for Audiobooks. Audible has over 150,000 titles in audio format.  That’s the biggest inventory I’ve been able to find.  As a teacher with a long commute, and I know many other people have them too, I like using Audible to continue reading the books I’m currently sucked into.  I just turn it on through the app on my phone, connect my phone to my car speakers using

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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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