July 2019 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Goal Setting with Students

As adults, we often set goals naturally.  Whether they’re more long term and large (like saving for a few years for a trip to Disney for the family) or smaller goals (such as cleaning the bathroom, going through the mail, and taking out the trash one evening), we set goals and tasks to accomplish regularly.  If you have a Type-A personality like I do, you live and breathe goals and checklists.  What’s even more, I

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My Favorite Maxi Dresses for Teachers from Amazon

Maxi dresses have long been a favorite of mine to wear both in and out of the classroom.  Maxis are so versatile and can be worn in summer, fall, and spring.  By adding a sweater or jean jacket, you change it up and give yourself some variety throughout the year.  I also love how comfortable they are!  Unlike some other dresses, most maxi dresses aren’t tight and pull on my midsection or hips so I

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Classroom Random Name Generator

There are so many times that you need to choose a random student name in the classroom.  It might be for a student to take something down to the office.  It might be for a student to answer a question.  It might be a student’s name for being the first to line up, or to choose books from the classroom library.  Whatever the reason, having a random name generator available is an easy way to

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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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