November 2020 - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Google Classroom Organization: a video tutorial

Organizing Google Classroom

In the last 8 months, Google Classroom, and other learning management systems (LMS), use has skyrocketed. As a classroom teacher, I mainly only used Classroom to share Google Docs and Google Slides activities easily. I would post the assignment, click to make a copy for teach student, and go. I never really organized materials in there, and just kept my Classwork just one big stream. We already had e-learning days, and so I would use

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I am thankful for... Thanksgiving writing activity and computer screen

I Am Thankful For Thanksgiving Writing Activity

With Thanksgiving around the corner you might be looking for seasonal writing activities. With this year being what it is, I wanted to design a digital Thanksgiving writing activity so it could work in any school setting: traditional in person, hybrid, or virtual learning. I am not a big celebrator of Thanksgiving. It’s a complicated holiday. I do, however, focus my Thanksgiving work in the classroom around being thankful. Our conversations in the classroom revolve

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2021 Monthly Printable and Digital Calendars

2021 Calendars for the Classroom

I used to look for printable calendars each year until I started making my own. I like these because of their simple design, and notes space. They have so many uses in the classroom, and I detail many of the ways I’ve used them, below. These printable calendars are perfect to give to students to track individual goals in the classroom. I also love to use them as a super affordable gift for adults at

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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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