2016 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

2017 Printable Calendars

Over the last several months I’ve been using printable calendars in several different ways in my classroom and at home.  I went to download January in anticipation of the new month (I’m on top of my game by 2 days, shocking!) and decided to just create my own.  I wanted something in black and white so it’s easy on my printer.  The one I had been using had some colors in it, and I just

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Halloween Word Problem Integration Project

An Art Filled Halloween

I work at an arts integration magnet school.  We’re all at various levels of comfort with our art integration and I am often looking for new and different ways to incorporate the arts into our day.  Part of our job as classroom teachers isn’t just to have the arts present in our classroom, but to also teach relevant concepts with the arts.  I have learned a lot in my first couple years in this building,

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Classroom Storage Solution Odds & Ends with Bulletin Board letters cutouts

Classroom Storage: Odds & Ends

When I think of my struggles and frustrations from my first few years in the classroom, many of it revolved around all of the materials and resources I was accumulating and where the heck it was all supposed to go. My classroom storage has always been lacking, and there’s so much stuff. I tend to get behind and bogged down during the year and just throw things in places for a quick fix.  Then I

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Calendar in the Primary Classroom

Classroom calendars used to be commonplace in nearly every first grade classroom, and even a lot of second grade classrooms.  As the push for standards accountability has grown, I’ve noticed fewer and fewer teachers implementing calendar in their classrooms because the “standards” don’t “dictate” it. Or, because they just are feeling the time crunch and with the struggle to fit everything in, calendar has been cut. My classroom calendar is the single biggest tool for

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Math Block Structure

A Look at my Math Block

I first started teaching self-contained third grade seven years ago.  After spending close to 10 years in and out of classrooms, working with intervention students, and seeing some amazing teaching and learning, I knew I wanted to do math centers in my room and I knew how my math block ‘should’ look.  I wanted time to meet with small groups of students, and I wanted students to have time working independently and so I implemented

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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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