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Quick Tips for Back to School

Quick Tips for Back to School

When I think of my struggles and frustrations from my first few years in the classroom, many of it revolved around all of the materials and resources I was accumulating and where the heck it was all supposed to go.  I tend to get behind and bogged down during the year...

Calendar in the Primary Classroom

Calendar in the Primary Classroom

Classroom calendars used to be commonplace in nearly every first grade classroom, and even a lot of second grade classrooms.  As the push for standards accountability has grown, I've noticed fewer and fewer teachers implementing calendar in their classrooms because...

A Look at my Math Block

A Look at my Math Block

I first started teaching self-contained third grade three years ago.  After spending close to 10 years in and out of classrooms, working with intervention students, and seeing some amazing teaching and learning, I knew I wanted to do math centers in my room and I knew...

A Close Look at Fluency: Supported Reading

A Close Look at Fluency: Supported Reading

(Note: Affiliate links are used in this post.) I'm continuing to look at ways to improve my students' reading fluency using The Fluent Reader by Tim Rasinski.  As with nearly everything in teaching students, fluency should be taught and practiced following a gradual...

9 YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Science

9 YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Science

I'm always looking for new videos to show my kids, especially when it comes to the content areas where I feel like I don't have enough resources.  We have an old science textbook, and we get FOSS kits, but there's so much more to show students for them to really...

A Look at our ELA Test Prep

A Look at our ELA Test Prep

I wish I could say we don't spend any of our instructional time on ELA test prep.  I wish I could say that the tests were straightforward and gave me quality data to help make instructional decisions about my kids' learning track.  I wish I could say that the tests...

A Close Look at Fluency: Read Alouds

A Close Look at Fluency: Read Alouds

The first way Dr. Rasinski suggests to increase reading fluency is by modeling fluent reading to students by reading aloud to them.  Read alouds help build interest in reading.  They increase students' vocabulary by exposing them to words they likely wouldn't hear in...

A Close Look at Fluency

A Close Look at Fluency

My students this year are making tremendous growth in reading.  We've practiced reading comprehension strategies whole group, small group, and during silent independent reading.  We've been talking about finding textual evidence to support our answers.  I've been...

Working with Division

Working with Division

Some people, districts, textbooks (take your pick) teach multiplication and division together in one unit and at one time.  I teach division after multiplication; after students have had some time working with multiplication, exploring equal groups, and building a...

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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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