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Phonemic Awareness Activities

In continuing my posts on phonological awareness, we’re focusing on phonemic awareness activities. If you missed my posts on What is Phonological Awareness and What is Phonemic Awareness, you might find it helpful to begin there. All of the activities in this post are without letters/print. When working on beginning phonemic awareness tasks, it’s critical that this practice does not include work with letters. The cognitive load required to do the phonemic awareness task and

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Math Block Structure

A Look at my Math Block

I first started teaching self-contained third grade seven 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 how my math block ‘should’ look.  I wanted time to meet with small groups of students, and I wanted students to have time working independently and so I implemented

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Small Group Powerpoint tutorial

Using Powerpoint to Manage Centers Rotations

Last week I shared how I use Powerpoint for my centers management for reading centers.  Students have a new rotation each day so that they work through a variety of centers throughout the week and it was taking me too much time to switch out cards every morning.  Once the work is done, it’s done.  I just open the slideshow, turn to the correct day, and project it for our entire rotation.  You can read

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Managing your Small Group Schedule Display

Small Group Instruction Management

I’ve changed up my small group and centers rotation display several times over the years. My first year, my partner teacher and I grouped between classes so we had several groups to manage. Our set up looked something like this (but with quite a few more places the students actually went to) and with three rotations each day. Every morning I’d move the rotation cards so the students knew where they’d go when since we

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Math Centers

I have a great post coming up for you today from Tanja at Journey of a Substitute Teacher.  She’s sharing some great ideas for math centers that she’s seen in her subbing journey.  I use Powerpoint to display my centers rotations for my students.  This has made centers go SO much more smoothly.  To see more about that, click the image below to head to that post.  I also have a TON of resources (lots

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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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