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I’m Rissa, author and creator at Teaching in the Heart of Florida. I’m passionate about creating instructional resources that engage and challenge students and give teachers their time back!

During my teaching career, I taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade and then had the opportunity to coach teachers for four years. Teaching and learning is what I love – whether it’s coaching a teacher or helping a student. I still love to see those “lightbulb moments” when a student truly gets it! My hope is that my content and resources will help you experience those magical moments with your students too!

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Engaging & rigorous resources that you and your students will love!

Character Traits Close Reading Pack

Your 3rd graders will love reading Jared’s Giant and how his character traits, motivations, and feelings contribute to the sequence of events in this story! Includes text-dependent questions, graphic organizers, anchor charts, and a vocabulary activity!

Growth Mindset Activity Bundle Pack – Print & Digital

This engaging way to teach your students about Growth Mindset is perfect for anytime during the school year. Examples of growth mindset in these 10 biographies will inspire your students!

2 & 3 Digit Subtraction Error Analysis

Using error analysis to help students master new and difficult math concepts is my favorite activity! They love the challenge of finding the errors and I love how this resource requires them to explain their thinking in writing!
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