Organization Archives - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Creating Checklists with Google Sheets with student checklist display on computer

Creating Checklists with Google Sheets

Organization can be so difficult in a digital setting. For those of us that haven’t grown up in a digital world, it can be such a mental shift to try and fit within the digital setting. While digital tools can be incredibly effective and time-saving, they also can be a hindrance if they’re not used effectively. I’m lucky to have come into adulthood as the internet started becoming commonplace, and I’ve been able to utilize

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Google Keep Headers for Teachers

Get Organized with Google Keep

I first discovered Google Keep when I noticed the icon on my Google Calendar. I immediately fell in love! My first uses for Google Keep were personal: to make my grocery shopping list, keep notes when I was away from home, and to store random information I needed (like what size my furnace filter is). I slowly started using it more and more for my business and my classroom and I’ve never looked back! I’m

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2017 Printable Calendars

Over the last several months I’ve been using printable calendars in several different ways in my classroom and at home.  I went to download January in anticipation of the new month (I’m on top of my game by 2 days, shocking!) and decided to just create my own.  I wanted something in black and white so it’s easy on my printer.  The one I had been using had some colors in it, and I just

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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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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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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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