Meet Paige

Hi there!  My name is Paige Bessick and I am a first grade teacher.   
I am so excited to be a part of this awesome group of elementary school teachers.  I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for awhile, but never wanted to go at it alone.  That’s when I came up with the idea to create a collaborative blog.  I asked some of my incredible colleagues and they agreed to my crazy idea-thanks ladies.  Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  I am a better teacher because of the teachers I work with. My hope is that by blogging about our adventures, you can sit back and relax, learn a little, laugh a little, be inspired, and gain ideas and resources to use in your classrooms and at your schools.  

I have been teaching for 9 years and I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age.  I started as a special education teacher, then moved into the general education classroom where I have taught first and third grades.  I have been teaching first grade the longest and it is my absolute favorite!        
I have been married to my husband, Andrew, for 7 years and we have Owen, our sweet baby boy (can a 2-year old still be my baby?).  When I’m not playing trucks or sports with my toddler, I love to craft, work in the garden, read, follow blogs, browse Pinterest and enjoy time outside with my family and friends.  You will find that I am an organizer, rule follower, list maker and overall optimistic person.

I feel like I have so much to tell you!  My first draft of this post was seriously like 3 pages long.  So to cut it down a bit, I’m just going to give you a quick look into who I am as a teacher.  Here are 3 things I love!

In the classroom, I am all about routines.  I spend a great deal of time, seriously, I mean a GREAT DEAL of time, at the beginning of the year creating, practicing and following the routines that will lead us into a successful year.  My motto is that if students aren’t doing it well, then they were not taught the correct way to do it.  Everything we do has a specific, explicitly taught routine.  Six and seven year olds are so much more successful when they know what to expect and teaching these routines is key!

IMG_1202.JPGTo go along with our routines and in our Reading and Writing Units of Study, we rely so much on our anchor charts.  One of my favorite things to do is to make anchor charts so I’m sure there will be a post about them in the future. Now I’ll admit, I’m not as good of an illustrator as my creative Kindergarten friend Kari, but I think I make a pretty good anchor chart. If it’s an anchor chart I will use over and over again or keep up all year, I will create a quick chart with the kids (it’s so important for them to help create them). I will then remake it so it’s up to my “standards” when I have more time-take this partner reading chart for example. This is a chart we refer to all the time and the kids helped come up with each step.

I have to put in a plug for Instagram and TeachersPayTeachers.  I am very active in both and I believe that they are incredible teaching communities to be a part of.  Make sure to follow us on Instagram (see right sidebar) and I’d love for you to check out my TpT Store: Paige Bessick. I'm just getting started on TpT so make sure to follow me as I am always adding new products! Here's one of my favorite sight word activities for you FREE just for checking out our blog-normally $1.00. Everything else in my store is 15% off until 5/13 in honor of my first blog post and getting our blog up and running. Check it out!
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So, I think it's time to wrap-up...I just love chatting with all of you.  As I said before, I am so excited to start blogging with these wonderful teachers and sharing Our Elementary Lives with you. Teaching is an adventure and it’s so much better with friends.  I hope you will come along with us for the ride.

1 comment

  1. Love your willingness to take a risk and get this blog up and running! Way to go!


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