Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday - Week 16

Welcome back for another week of Featured Teacher Tuesdays!

This week’s featured teacher is Lauren, over at Curriculum and Coffee!

Lauren is a wife, aunt, daughter, sister, and a dog mom to her Brittany Spaniel, Ace.

Isn’t he cute?!
Lauren is in her third year of teaching first grade in Southwest Ohio. She loves to create, blog {when she can! The school year is SO busy}, and spend time outdoors with The Hubs and Ace. With a knack for tech, Lauren has taken those skills and applied them to the blogosphere, serving as her school’s Technology Learning Consultant, and to her TpT store.

One of Lauren’s best sellers in her TpT store is her Fact Family Activities!

These activities are interactive, and encourage student engagement with cutting, pasting and putting together fact family puzzles.

Another one of Lauren’s favorite things to teach is grammar and writing conventions. She saw a need for a product that was engaging and fun, but still served the need for her students to practice those capital letters, punctuation marks, proper nouns, commas in a series, dates, and all of the other CCSS convention standards! The best thing? You can grab all THREE of her DOLs in one big bundle!

Lauren’s students LOVE taking a red pen to these pages and becoming the grader. Students gets to find all of the mistakes and then rewrite the sentence. After, Lauren has her students complete a dictation sentence where she tells them how many points the sentence would be out of (capital, period, name title {Mr.}, commas, etc) and students get to grade each other’s dictation sentence.

Check out these other awesome products that you can find in Lauren’s TpT store that are 20% off this week, February 9-12!

Don’t forget to follow Lauren!

As always, thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday - Week 15


This week’s featured teacher is Jessica Berggren from Tales of a First Grade Teacher.



Jessica is a wife, mother of two, and first grade teacher. She has been teaching for 18 years and has a Master’s Degree in Math, Science and Technology for Elementary Education. Her teaching journey began in 1998, New York City in Queens, NY. She moved out to Long Island two years later, where she was a 4th grade teacher. In 2004, Jessica moved to Florida with her husband and 1 month old baby girl. She taught 3rd grade for several years, before an opening popped up in 1st grade. She was looking for a change and decided to let her principal know she wanted to move to 1st grade. That was 9 years ago and she has never looked back!

This year she was voted Teacher of the Year at her K-8 school by the faculty and staff. What a tremendous honor!

In 2012, Jessica heard of a website where you can share, buy, and sell lessons plans. She began to create things for others that she had been using for years. You can see her store here: 

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One of her favorite products is her Chevron Chic Blends and Digraphs pack.  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chevron-Chic-Classroom-Blends-and-Digraphs-DNealian-Font-1378819
This pack combines her love of creating decor and sound pedagogy into one product. This beautiful set includes posters for your classroom as well as practice for all of the blends and digraphs. The chevron colors are turquoise, orange, lime green, red and light blue. Each blend is accompanied by a bright and beautiful graphic.

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Jessica’s favorite subject to teach is Math. Her Common Core Geometry Unit is creative and fun! It includes a fun character named Miss Polygon. She will help you introduce your unit and get your students engaged and excited to learn shapes! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Geometry-Unit-starring-Miss-Poly-Gon-641360
If you are looking for an engaging unit to get your students interested in shapes and to get your own creative wheels spinning, then this unit is for you!
Of course, Jessica loves to share freebies as well….
Here are two freebies she uses every year in her first grade classroom.

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Daily 5 Pacing Guide

Geometry Lesson Introduction Freebie:

Be sure to follow Jessica on:
Periscope: Talesof1stGrade

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday - Week 13

I hope you have started to love Tuesdays as much as we have! It is time for another week of Featured Teacher Tuesday!

Our featured teacher this week is Melanie Ebersole from Momma with a Teaching Mission!


Melanie Ebersole is a 1st grade departmentalized Literacy Teacher. She is also the mom to 4 young children: 2 boys (ages 10 and 6) and 2 girls (ages 7 and 1).


Melanie is currently in her 3rd year of teaching. She teaches at a school with approximately 700 students in Maryland. She worked in Human Resources for 5 years before finishing her teaching degree and pursuing her dream of teaching. Melanie always wanted to be a teacher, but with life happening, she was not able to pursue completing her degree until after having 3 children. You can read more about her journey HERE.

Melanie has a passion for departmentalization. She did a guest blog on Rachel Lynette’s "Minds in Bloom," which you can read HERE! She also wrote another guest post on a blog she collaborates on "Who’s Who and New." You can read "Why Teaching in a Departmentalized Classroom Rocks" HERE. You can also read more about departmentalization within the primary classroom on her own blog HERE.

Besides running her blog, Melanie is also a TpT author! You can find her store at Momma with a Teaching Mission.

Some of her newest products include…
These are perfect for building your students independence stamina when working with CVC words.

This bundle pack is perfect if you are teaching the common core...so many different options for games, homework, formative assessments, or warm-ups.

This is the 2nd edition in the homework packs that Melanie has created for her own classroom, that turned into a TpT project! You can find the 1st edition here! Her students love this daily homework pack and it is simply a review of 1st grade material. Homework can be a hot topic, but these no prep pages take students only a few minutes a night!

Check out Melanie’s social media accounts here:

Thank you for joining me for this round of Featured Teacher Tuesday! Please check out Melanie Ebersole and do not forget to join us next week for a new featured teacher!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Featured Teacher Tuesday - Week 12

This week's featured teacher is Ashley, 1st grade teacher and blogger over at The Blessed OCDiva. The name pretty much speaks for itself! She has a passion for sharing God’s word, sharing goodies for teachers, and providing a fix for anyone else just a tad OCD!


Ashley lives in the great state of Texas. She is married to her other half and they are doggy parents to Groot (yes, like Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot) and Maximus (yes, like Gladiator, Maximus Arreluis).



Ashley has been teaching for 7 ½ years and 6 of those have been in first grade. She loves the ability to turn these little people into lifelong lovers of learning and see the progression throughout the year. Along with teaching, Ashley also is the lead mentor for her campus and has been a team leader for 5 years. She loves being able to help lead other teachers and ignite their passion for learning and teaching; ultimately hoping to be able to turn that into a path for her career.

In 2014, Ashley was Teacher of the Year for her campus. What an honor and blessing this was!! All possible through God’s never-ending love and direction.


Since starting her blog, The Blessed OCDiva, Ashley opened up her TPT store as well and has worked at building it to offer resources for other teachers that span across the curriculum. Some of her products are included below (click to check them out)!


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Snag some freebies while you are checking out the resources above!

This one has had over 17,000 downloads!

Be sure to keep up-to-date with all of the OCDiva action!

Twitter: The Blessed OCDiva

Thanks for stopping by! :)