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Part-Part-Whole with Addition and Subtraction

Part-Part-Whole with Addition and Subtraction

Teaching part-part-whole relationships is critical while teaching addition and subtraction.  For students to build a solid understanding of addition and subtraction, they need to understand what each one represents.  While helpful when working with equations with...

2019 Calendars for the Classroom

2019 Calendars for the Classroom

I have been creating and posting printable calendars for the classroom over the last several years.  I like these calendars because of their simple design, and notes space.  They're perfect to print to give to students to track individual needs in the classroom. ...

How to Catch an Elf

How to Catch an Elf

Last year, I found the book How to Catch an Elf through Scholastic and fell in love with it immediately!  If you don't know it, the elves and Santa go through various contraptions that are set in an effort to catch them.  After reading it, I was inspired to create a...

Sight Words Turkeys

Sight Words Turkeys

Learning sight words can be tricky and I'm always looking for new ways for students to practice their sight word recognition.  One of the best way to improve students' abilities to read sight words, is by having them read the words in various settings and fonts. ...

Self-Portrait Custom Class Dojo Avatars

Self-Portrait Custom Class Dojo Avatars

I have been using Class Dojo for six years now in my first through third grade classes.  I've used it in a variety of ways, and have changed the way I use the points as rewards to best meet my students' needs.  I love that I'm able to build student behavior plans...

Journal Prompt Writing in the Classroom

Journal Prompt Writing in the Classroom

I used to use journal prompts as a quick and easy center, or in my morning work rotation.  Over time, I started to only use prompts during the first couple weeks of the school year when we weren't quite into our regular routines and I needed something students could...

How To Land that Teaching Position

How To Land that Teaching Position

Looking and interviewing for a teaching position, especially your first one or a new one after a long time in your current one, is stressful and intimidating.  You want to be confident, but not too confident where you give off the vibe that you are set in your current...

Time Saving Tips for Teachers

Time Saving Tips for Teachers

As teachers, we often feel like we don't have enough time.  Between administrative tasks, compiling and analyzing data, parent communication, lesson planning, and grading, it can quickly become overwhelming.  I spend entirely too much time talking with peers, and too...

Schools are Not the Problem

Schools are Not the Problem

This topic has long been heavy on my heart.  I've privately preached about my frustrations with our society's, and our bureaucracy's views on education in America.  This morning, I read this speech from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos and it...

The Why & How of 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...

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Hi There! I'm Tessa.

I've spent the last 10 years in and out of elementary classrooms. I'm currently looping with my class through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. I love to share some of our favorite experiences.


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