January 2015 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Assessing and Scoring Fluency

7 years ago (um, wow!) I was a reading teacher in a K-5 building.  We revamped our report cards that year to be very standards focused.  Indicators based on the standards were broken apart into the report card and each received their own score which then made up the overall grade.  One of the teachers came to me and said… At the time, all of the K-2 teachers were using DIBELS.  However, this was the

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Martin Luther King Jr and political officials

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

After a couple weeks, and a much needed Winter Break, we headed back to school last Tuesday.  We only had a 4 day week that first week back and with it being a shorter week, switching things up in my reading block a bit, and wanting time to review procedures, I decided not to do our regular reading routines and curriculum.  Instead, I reintroduced Martin Luther King Jr. to the kids.  As luck would have

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This is Your Year!

Each new year always brings along a string of resolutions for people.  Do you set a bunch of resolutions each year?  Do you follow through with them? My fitness resolutions started to be tackled a few months ago.  I got my new Samsung Gear Fit watch and I’m obsessed.  I use this, along with the S Health app, to track my eating and working out and I’ve already seen results.  Because it’s a smart watch

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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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