2017 - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Building Number Sense

The Why & How of Number Sense

 “If you are a parent of a child in the K-12 system, there is today just one thing you should ensure your offspring has mastered in the math class by the time they graduate: number sense.”  Dr. Keith Devlin, mathematician at Stanford University   Number sense is the single best indicator of students’ success in math.  It is critical in the Common Core State Standards in math, and is the reason curriculum companies have built

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Christmas Parent Gifts with art inspiration

Art Inspired Christmas Parent Gifts

I work at an arts integrated magnet school, and I’m always looking for meaningful ways to incorporate the arts into our day.  I love using art in our parent gifts throughout the year, and Christmas is no different.  Because I’m looping with my class for 3 years, I want to make sure to keep our Christmas gifts for parents fresh each year, so I was on the hunt for some new ideas.  I’m really happy

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2018 Printable Calendars

Last year I created my own monthly calendars and used them both at home and at school.  I had a lot of requests to share my 2018 Calendars with you all, so I’m sharing them here with you today along with some of the ideas for how I use them.  They’re black and white so they’re easy on the ink, and they’re a pretty simple look so they can be used for virtually anything you

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Amazon Echo and Alexa in the classroom

Amazon Echo and Alexa in the Classroom

On Amazon Prime Day this summer I bought an Amazon Echo Dot.  I had recently spent some time playing around with an Echo at a friend’s house and I quickly fell in love with it.  It’s a completely unnecessary piece of technology, but it helps my laziness you quickly and easily solve a few different tasks in the classroom.  The Amazon Echo has stronger speakers than the Dot but the Dot functions just fine in

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Guided Reading Organization and Planning Tips with kidney shaped table

Guided Reading: Organization and Planning Tips

As a first and second grade teacher, my guided reading time is probably the most important and crucial time of my day.  It’s where the magic happens: where students become readers.  It also can be cumbersome and quickly dominate my planning time.  I’ve had up to 6 different reading groups at a time with levels ranging from A to M in first grade!  That’s a ton of levels to plan for, a ton of skills

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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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