July 2015 - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum Mapping with Excel

I’m so excited to be joining in with some friends to bring you some Back to School Survival Tips.  At the bottom of this post is a linky so you can check out ideas from each of us on how to start the new year off on the right foot!  I’ve done curriculum mapping in a variety of ways the last couple years.  From completely mapping everything for multiple grade levels without any textbook, to

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Introducing the Distributive Property

The first time I taught the distributive property to my third graders I had no idea what I was doing.  There was one (and I think only one) lesson in our textbook and it had students relate the distributive property to basketball where students figured out how many points were scored based on the number of two-pointers and three-pointers.  In theory, it’s a great idea, and I’m sure I could have livened up that lesson

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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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