March 2015 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Teaching Affixes

Each year I teach affixes throughout the year in context.  However, we also focus on it during our spelling practice throughout the year.  To introduce prefixes, suffixes, and roots, I created this tree and display it as an anchor chart in our classroom above our word wall. Then, as we come across different affixes, we add them to our word wall.  This keeps them fresh in students’ minds throughout the year, and also gives us

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Let’s Get Organized

This is my second year in third grade, and my first year in this classroom.  I think as common in any new building and grade level, you are constantly reworking your organization systems to find what works best for you and for your physical space.  After receiving some office supplies from Shoplet, and motivation from the growing hours of sunshine each day, I’ve started reworking some of my storage solutions and I thought I’d share

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Teaching Elapsed Time- Concretely

My last post showed one way I teach my students to figure out elapsed time.  Today, I’m over at the Ellison Education blog showing how I introduce elapsed time in the beginning.  It’s so important to start as concretely as possible, and I love giving my students clocks to do it themselves.  Click the picture below to head on over and see what we did.

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T method strategy for measurement conversions

T-Method for Measurement Conversions

Students struggle with doing measurement conversions, especially when they have to work with adding and subtracting those measurements first.  When my students have worked through word problems that asked for the units in a specific way, they often struggle to remember to convert between units and struggle to add and subtract correctly.  When teaching elapsed time, I originally always taught it with the backwards N (which is the same as the zoom method) and with

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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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