October 2014 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

An Introduction to Character Traits

Last week we took a look at Character Traits.  We spent a lot of time discussing how traits described a character on the inside.  We also talked about adjectives, though the students often gave the characters nouns as traits.  We’ll work on that during our next go around. We started by taking a look at Lulu because she’s a phenomenal, big character in the books.  If you aren’t familiar with Lulu and the amazingness Judith

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Small Group Powerpoint tutorial

Using Powerpoint to Manage Centers Rotations

Last week I shared how I use Powerpoint for my centers management for reading centers.  Students have a new rotation each day so that they work through a variety of centers throughout the week and it was taking me too much time to switch out cards every morning.  Once the work is done, it’s done.  I just open the slideshow, turn to the correct day, and project it for our entire rotation.  You can read

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Managing your Small Group Schedule Display

Small Group Instruction Management

I’ve changed up my small group and centers rotation display several times over the years. My first year, my partner teacher and I grouped between classes so we had several groups to manage. Our set up looked something like this (but with quite a few more places the students actually went to) and with three rotations each day. Every morning I’d move the rotation cards so the students knew where they’d go when since we

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Erasable Office Supplies

If there’s one thing that makes teachers happy it’s new office supplies.  When I saw these from Shoplet I knew I wanted to check them out!  I was not let down.  They’re ERASABLE! First, I tried out these SuperTab Erasable Manila Folders from Smead. There’s a little strip that has a sheen to it (that you can’t see on here) on the tab for you to write on.  I love that you write on them

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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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