Welcoming New Teachers

Go teach!, formerly The Elmer’s Teacher Club, is an amazingly loud and incredibly proud new community created to inspire, empower, motivate and support educators like YOU! Join me and other teachers in this community by visiting the Go Teach! Facebook page. I have been the new teacher (or staff member) several times, and no matter what it’s never fun.  I even returned to a building for a second time and was still incredibly nervous and felt

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Halloween Word Problem Integration Project

An Art Filled Halloween

I work at an arts integration magnet school.  We’re all at various levels of comfort with our art integration and I am often looking for new and different ways to incorporate the arts into our day.  Part of our job as classroom teachers isn’t just to have the arts present in our classroom, but to also teach relevant concepts with the arts.  I have learned a lot in my first couple years in this building,

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Classroom Storage Solution Odds & Ends with Bulletin Board letters cutouts

Classroom Storage: Odds & Ends

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. My classroom storage has always been lacking, and there’s so much stuff. I tend to get behind and bogged down during the year and just throw things in places for a quick fix.  Then I

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Student gifts from teachers for the end of the year

Affordable Student Gifts for the End of the Year

As always, the end of the school year snuck up on me a little bit.  I mean, don’t get me wrong; I was SO ready for the end of the year.  But  suddenly, I felt like “Holy moly!  I need to get some student gifts!”  I know not everyone gives their students going away gifts, but I like to give them a little something.  I ended up loving what I did this year and how

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Mother's Day projects

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is next weekend and I’m on the hunt for ideas on what I’m going to do with my kiddos.  I like to do something simple with the kids that they can take home for their moms or a special woman in their lives.  I’ve done a few different projects over the last few years, and thought I’d share them here with you. A few years ago I created this cupcake craftivity. It’s simple,

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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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