Tina's Teaching Treasures


Welcome to the Bright Ideas Blog hop! 

My post today is about one of my fave purchases for my classroom- Mini-Desks! 

The Many Uses of Mini-Desks

These little "breakfast in bed" lap desks are a classroom essential! I love how handy they are, diverse and they encourage self-regulation (a HUGE part of third grade!). 

Here are some of the ways I use them in my classroom! 

1. As a simple independent work station:


When a kiddo needs a little space from their table group, they can grab a desk and find a quiet spot.  Got a chatty partner? Grab a desk! Want to get comfy while doign…

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Yahoo!! I am thrilled to announce I have finally hit the $20,000 milestone on TPT! 

I've celebrated with a nice dinner out with my hubby, and now it is time to celebrate with all of you! 

So, I've made a giveaway!!! 

Enter the rafflecopter below to win a $20 TPT gift card or $20 to my TPT store! 

You can enter some each day, so keep entering! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Also, my Guided Math for Geometry will be free this week only to celebrate! I'd love for you to try it out- free!! Head over to my TPT store to download! 


Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way!…

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Hey everyone! 

So I know this is a hot topic in education now- communication in Math.  Sure my kiddos can answer a sheet filled with adding and subtracting questions with the best of them- no problem.  But when the word problems get thrown in, many students start getting stuck.  Ask them to explain "how to regroup" or "when to regroup" ...eish!  These are skills they aren't used to doing in math. 

For a long time, math and language were two seperate entities... but now students are required to apply language skills to explain their math thinking.  Important- of course!  Easy- not at all!…

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Hey everyone! 

So it is here...one of the most hectic, chaotic and fun weeks of the teaching year....the week before Christmas!  While you would think that the kiddos would be extra well-behaved hoping that Santa may overlook previous transgressions, that doesn't seem to be the case... with many interruptions like holiday concerts, assemblies, etc- your once lovely and attentive angels may turn into candy cane-wielding mischief makers! Add in a few indoor recesses due to below -20 degrees weather and you're done for!

So, how to combat the Christmas Crazy?  Read on, my friend! 

1. Prepare,…

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Hey everyone! 

I just want to say a huge THANK you to all of my followers!  I'm so thankful for each and everyone of you! Thank you for letting me be a part of your classroom :).  

I've been waiting for this 1,000 follower milestone for a while, so time to celebrate!! 


A Giveaway!!  24 of my closest Bloggy friends have donated to help me celebrate (ya, they rock!).  I've also got a $25 TPT gift certificate!  yep, $25 and 25 products!  Wahoo!! 

Check out the PDF for clickable links to the bloggers and see what is included in the giveaway and check out Their stores! 

The Image below…

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