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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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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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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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Use old wooden stools to create share chairs for the classroom.

Monday Made It: DIY Share Chair

I’m linking up for my first ever Monday Made It.  I’m not the crafty type.  As much as I want to be, and I want to be successful, I just don’t have the crafty gene.  Most of my stuff is worthy of being on Pinterest Fail.  I try and I try and I try and I try.  And it just never quite comes out the way it should.  So I generally don’t care to share

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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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