Making my List & Checking it Twice - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Making my List & Checking it Twice


The beginning of the school year is rough.  No matter how many hours and hours I spend in my classroom in the summer, August hits and I’m automatically behind and can’t get caught up.  As soon as I think I maybe, just maybe, might possibly be caught up after a marathon of a work session on a Saturday, I discover a bunch of things I haven’t yet done and my To-Do list once again far surpasses my done.

The beginning of the year is full of assessments.  Reading.  Reading levels.  Writing.  Math.  Additional reading assessments.  Oh, and meetings.  All the meetings.

This year I’ve been determined to go home a bit earlier than normally during Back to School season.  I have some major obligations I need to fulfill outside of the classroom.  Plus I’m determined to find a healthier balance of work, fun, and healthy habits this year.  I need to be more organized to help make that happen.  We all know that I’m a fan of lists and pretty paper.  I wrote a list as I planned this post, even. 🙂

Expressionery organization

The people at Expressionery understand the need for organization.  They have some awesome notepads and notebooks that are perfect for the classroom.  I recently received some to try out and I fell in love.  First, I received goodies in black and white.  These are perfect for both my black and white classroom, and my black and white office at home.  Swoon!

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My favorite is the Weekly To-Do list pad.  It is perfect for sketching out assessments and conferences with students.  Expressionery To Do List

This little To Do List is the perfect size to bring with me to meetings to keep on top of what I need to get done right away.  I’m an often volunteerer and I tend to forget what I’ve committed myself to do.  This notepad will certainly help.

Expressionery Notebook

I’ve also been bringing this super adorbs notebook with me to meetings to take notes in.  The staff in my building is already used to me color coordinating. 🙂

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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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