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 the “standards” don’t “dictate” it. Or, because they just are feeling the time crunch and with the struggle to fit everything in, calendar has been cut. My classroom calendar is the single biggest tool for

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Let’s Get Organized

This is my second year in third grade, and my first year in this classroom.  I think as common in any new building and grade level, you are constantly reworking your organization systems to find what works best for you and for your physical space.  After receiving some office supplies from Shoplet, and motivation from the growing hours of sunshine each day, I’ve started reworking some of my storage solutions and I thought I’d share

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Erasable Office Supplies

If there’s one thing that makes teachers happy it’s new office supplies.  When I saw these from Shoplet I knew I wanted to check them out!  I was not let down.  They’re ERASABLE! First, I tried out these SuperTab Erasable Manila Folders from Smead. There’s a little strip that has a sheen to it (that you can’t see on here) on the tab for you to write on.  I love that you write on them

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Classroom Tour 14-15

Kids started school last Wednesday so I’m a little behind in posting my classroom tour.  I wanted everything to be ready and perfect before I posted it.  My classroom decor is a black and white color scheme with pops of teal.  I mix patterns (damask, chevron, polka dots) but that’s just been incidentally.  My room reflects me and my style, but the decor makes it feel homely.  This isn’t the kind of theme that’ll need

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.

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