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Hi! I’m Tessa and I teach 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades

Hi!  I’m Tessa Maguire.  I have been teaching for 16 years in many different roles and schools.  My first 8 years were spent in nontraditional placements in elementary schools (hence where my blog name comes from).  I have been an interventionist, a reading teacher for grades K-5, an RtI coordinator K-8, a differentiation coach, and an instructional coach and administrator.  I have also spent five years as a third grade teacher. Finally, I also did a three year loop with a group of students from first grade through third grade.  My experiences have given me an opportunity to learn about education beyond a traditional classroom, and I’ve had the amazing opportunity to learn from and alongside some phenomenal teachers!

My goal for this blog is to offer strategies and resources that make teachers’ lives a little bit easier.  I believe in standards based instruction, in ways that are engaging and thematic.  I  offer real-world solutions to the everyday struggles in the classroom: standards based instruction, classroom management, student engagement, and more.  My experiences have offered me the opportunity to learn from and alongside wonderful teachers, helping me improve my craft.  I share those experiences here.

Hi! I'm Tessa!

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