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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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  • This fun second grade mental math game reviews doubles,counting money, place value, story problems and much more. Math games are a fun way to let students practice mental math skills. This can be used for test prep, reading fluency, expanding math vocabulary, cooperative learning, math centers and more! #mentalmath #mentalmathgames
  • This comfortable and flattering t-shirt will be your new favorite 4th grade teacher tee.  Available in a variety of bright and fun colors, this grade level team tee will be perfect to add to your Teacher Tee Friday collection.  Perfect for yourself, your teaching bestie, or your fourth grade team, grab this cute and affordable tee for every fourth grade teacher in your life!  #4thgrade #fourthgrade #teachertee
  • Fraction tower cubes are the perfect manipulates for upper elementary students to explore fractions.  Use them for hands-on learning to introduce equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, mixed numbers, and even adding & subtracting with unlike denominators.  Sides on the cubes display fractions, decimals and percentages.  Use them with task cards for independent student practice, or as part of your small group instruction.  Fraction tiles help students recognize that fractions fit together to
  • Seriously this stamp is a game changer!!! I’m always looking for better ways to communicate with parents and this #teacherstamp has made a world of difference! ⁣Perfect for common core! ⁣ #theresourcefulteacher #teacherstamps #stampsforteachers #teachertip #teachertips  #teachers #teachertricks  #teacherhack  #teacherhacks
  • This helpful blog post gives 6 different teacher tips for saving time when planning and organizing for guided reading.  From planning hacks to organization tricks, these teacher tips can be used no matter what guided reading program you follow or what grade you teach.  These time-saving strategies work for 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade teachers.  #guidedreading
  • Use these Classroom Management Strategies to reengage your elementary students. I've got behavior management tips, classroom jobs ideas, and ways to keep your students on task and ready to learn! #classroommanagement #firstgrade #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #kindergarten #fifthgrade

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