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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...

Art Inspired Christmas Parent Gifts

Art Inspired Christmas Parent Gifts

I work at an arts integrated magnet school, and I'm always looking for meaningful ways to incorporate the arts into our day.  I love using art in our parent gifts throughout the year, and Christmas is no different.  Because I'm looping with my class for 3 years, I...

2018 Printable Calendars

2018 Printable Calendars

Last year I created my own monthly calendars and used them both at home and at school.  I had a lot of requests to share my 2018 Calendars with you all, so I'm sharing them here with you today along with some of the ideas for how I use them.  They're black and white...

Amazon Echo and Alexa in the Classroom

Amazon Echo and Alexa in the Classroom

On Amazon Prime Day this summer I bought an Amazon Echo Dot.  I had recently spent some time playing around with an Echo at a friend's house and I quickly fell in love with it.  It's a completely unnecessary piece of technology, but it helps my laziness you quickly...

Guided Reading: Organization and Planning Tips

Guided Reading: Organization and Planning Tips

As a first and second grade teacher, my guided reading time is probably the most important and crucial time of my day.  It's where the magic happens: where students become readers.  It also can be cumbersome and quickly dominate my planning time.  I've had up to 6...

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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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