Ah...Pinterest! So many teachers are just loving Pinterest this year! I also know of many that didn't have time to explore the site during the school year and are now making up for lost time. =) When I first discovered Pinterest I became obsessed with the decorating ideas and then moved onto the clothing and style pins. I didn't even catch on to the fact that there were EDUCATION pins until much, much later! I have no idea how that even happened.....
So once I discovered some pins focused on classroom design and activities I was so excited and created my Kindergarten page. At first this was enough for me but then we had a couple of snow days.
Snow days, fire in the fireplace, hot chocolate and PINTEREST...what more could a teacher ask for?
I went on a pinning frenzy and my Kindergarten board grew and grew. After realizing I needed to organize my pins I made my literacy and math pages. So, fast forward a couple of months and now I'm on summer vacation. I've really taken a break from all things school related, blog related and even Pinterest related. I've browsed the site but really haven't been searching for ideas at all.
However, now I'm beginning to think about next year....just a little bit.
I'd like to use Pinterest for more than a visual scrap book of ideas. I'd like it to be a useful tool in finding ideas that can make my classroom/teaching life more organized, creative and of course effective. I've been browsing through my pins and am looking for those that will help me get off to a smooth and organized start at the beginning of the school year. So here are a few of my favorites that I think would be helpful with beginning of the year planning.
I love seeing how others organize their materials in centers!
Great idea for a substitute folder!
I'm always looking for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities for the beginning of the year.
Back to school means learning first names again. I love this name center activity!
I thought this would be a great activity when starting math stations at the beginning of the school year.
I've also used Pinterest this past school year to pin some of my own items. I'm hoping that using Pinterest for this will help me remember some of my favorite activities instead of "reinventing the wheel" every school year! Here are a couple of my own favorites from this past school year that I'm hoping to use again.
As I continue searching Pinterest for pins that will help my beginning of the year go smoothly I'm on the hunt for some behavior management ideas. I love the rainbow system shown below but I'm not sure that this is the one I want to use for sure. So...........the search continues!
Now that I've visited Pinterest again I believe it's time to take a break. It IS summer after all isn't it?? Hopefully you are on summer vacation yourself and enjoying some well deserved downtime! I am curious though when I see all of the fantastic pins that other bloggers are posting...just how are they organizing and using those pins? I'd love to hear how Pinterest is working for you....please share!