Goal Setting with Students

As adults, we often set goals naturally.  Whether they’re more long term and large (like saving for a few years for a trip to Disney for the family) or smaller goals (such as cleaning the bathroom, going through the mail, and taking out the trash one evening), we set goals and tasks to accomplish regularly.  If you have a Type-A personality like I do, you live and breathe goals and checklists.  What’s even more, I

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Back to School Student Activities: Name Plate, art project, bulletin board

The First Few Days

The Back to School season is always so exciting, and stressful, for teachers and students alike.  Students are often wondering who will be in their class this year; if they’ll like their teacher; if this year they’ll finally be more successful in math; etc.  Teachers are often wondering if they’ll have new requirements thrown at them; if they’ll get along with that new staff member; how big their class size will be; if the new

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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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IKEA Classroom and Decor

Over the years, I’ve managed to find a lot of my classroom furniture and other storage and usable pieces from IKEA.  IKEA is relatively affordable, and some of their storage solutions are perfect for the classroom since they’re designed to fit smaller spaces.  IKEA is about an hour or so away from me, but every couple years I make the trek up there to see what else I might need for my classroom. A few

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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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