Tina's Teaching Treasures

Jul
19

Hi there! 

It's another bright idea blog hop! 

If you are anything like me, you have a bit of committment fear when it comes to labelling bins.  What if I want to change bins? What if I get more of something and need a bigger bin for that label? What if I change classroom decor? Well, fear no more- velcro is your new best friend! 

Simply laminate your labels as normal and select your bin.  I use the round adhesive velcro circles, but you could cut squares off a stirp of velcro too. 

Stick one side of the velcro circle on the bin (I always put the 'hard' side on the bin) and the…

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Jul
13

I know I've said it over and over, but small group time is my fave!!  Having a diverse group of learners means differentiation is key! Small group is the best way to do that! 

Guided math allows your students to have personalized, focussed attention and help from you and a group of selected peers to complete some math work.  If can be simple basics or tricky multi-step problems.  You can use guided math for any topic in your math program! But, if you are anything like me - you can't begin to think about the content until you have a structure.  So, I'm sharing my structure (prettily packaged…

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Jul
9

Hey everyone! 

If your students are anything like mine, you will always have students who can "rock" a simple worksheet or flashcard test, but as soon as you give them a context, they suddenly lose that fast fact recall.  Many students have a "rote" memory of facts, they have memorized them, they can write them out, they know how to do it when you tell them which numbers and which operation to use.  But, what about when you don't tell them which numbers and which operation... then the students need problem solving skills! 

Every year this topic is a challenge for some of my students, so I…

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Jun
29

Hey everyone! 

So the school year is finally done!!  I'm sad to be leaving a WONDERFUL bunch of kiddos (seriously, I was super spoiled with a great class this year!), but I'm happy to have some summer down time! 

Even though I'm super excited to be DONE school this year, I can't help but start to think towards next year! I have LOVED my preppy day book thsi year, it is clean, tidy and super handy!  Of course, the bright preppy colours don't hurt either!  Having a beautiful space to plan my lessons helps me enjoy my lesson planning and feel proud of the work I am producing.  Also, it will be…

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May
15

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to another Bright ideas Link up! 

Today I want to share a quick way to acknowledge positive behaviour in the classroom. 

I use business cards that say "Mrs. McVittie wants to say, Thanks for filling a bucket today" on them.  I then write what I'm appreciative of on the business card and hand it to the student or leave it on their desk.  The students LOVE to take them home and show them off, and it allows me to acknowledge those that helped a friend, tidied up a center that wasn't theirs, or read extra books that week.  This is SO easy, and takes me just seconds to…

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