Pinterest as a Teacher Resource Tool

This month's Secondary Smorgasbord focuses on Pinterest in the classroom.  
Until recently I had only heard of Pinterest on the news. I didn't know anyone who used (or admitted they used it) and frankly, I got annoyed when a Google search would connect me to a pin which I could only fully view by logging in to Pinterest

Now 5 months later I have nearly 5000 pins!
I started on Pinterest on the recommendation of another teacher.  I use Pinterest as a resource for my teaching for two reasons: 




  1. To get general teaching ideas and inspiration and  
  2. To organize resources for content specific units.
General Teaching Ideas:  

I'm impressed with the number of great teaching ideas out there that can be found on Pinterest.  I usually don't go searching for them.  When I see something go through my feed, I post it to my Education Blog posts board.  Some of the ideas are subject specific, some are not.  Most of them are adaptable to other levels or content areas.  







Among my favorite findings:

Send postcards to your students during the year just to add a personal touch to your teaching.  Great way to connect with students, particularly when you have more than 150 over the course of each day.





This organization system for keeping each day under control.  It looks very manageable.










Conversation Jenga...how great is this?  I could use this in any subject area.  I could put content specific questions here or review questions or...  So many possibilities.  I love this kind of inspiration.






Organizing Content Specific Resources:  The second way I use Pinterest to support my teaching is to organize resources I find for a specific unit I am planning.  I find photos, videos, teaching ideas, books, and more to help when I build a full unit. In this case, I search specifically for the subject are and then look through the pins to create a base.

The picture shows just some of the World War II board I have built.  I found a Winston Churchill quote, instructions to Japanese Americans after the U.S. entered the war, books, and a video of George Tanaka talking about his experience in the Japanese internment books.  Some of these pieces end up directly in my curriculum while others serve primarily as inspiration.  Making these pinterest boards has saved me an enormous amount of time in creating units.  I also love that they are "living" in that I keep adding to them over the year, which means that next year when I teach World War II, I will be able to easily change out or add ideas to my curriculum.

You can find all my boards here.

Pinterest can be a valuable resource for teachers.  See how other teachers in the Secondary Smorgasboard use Pinterest here.  Lots of great ideas for your classroom.
  



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  1. Great ideas for organizing units or topics for the classroom!

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    1. Thanks, Michele. I enjoyed your post as well.

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      DocRunning

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  2. The World War 2 board looks amazing! It's so smart to make it specific and collect all those great resources. Thanks for sharing.
    -Brigid

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    1. Thanks Brigid. I realize now that I need to break down my math into more specific. For social studies it makes things so much easier!

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      DocRunning

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  3. I love the organization system - I need all the help I can get in that area! :)

    -Lisa
    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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    1. Well, it's not perfect yet. Math is the next to get more organized, but I now realize that having it organized into these smaller boards makes it extremely easy when I am planning curriculum to find everything I need.

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      DocRunning

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  4. I'll have to follow your WWII board, fellow history teacher! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you for taking time to comment. There are LOTS of history boards on my pinterest, so grab what interests you. I love the whole sharing of ideas part of pinterest. I think it has made my teaching even better.

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      DocRunning

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  5. I like you specific examples of some of the things you have found.

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  6. I love the idea that the boards you create are "living!"

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    1. That is how I think of Pinterest...that it's a moving set of resources. I have never been the type to cut out things from magazines or gather ideas in a folder before, so I was surprised with how valuable a tool pinterest has become in my teaching life.

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  7. I just followed your Education Blog Pinterest Board. Great ideas...thanks!

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    1. Janice ...glad that the ideas are helpful. Love Pinterest for my go to ideas to make my classroom better.

      Cheers,
      DocRunning

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  8. I just followed your Education Blog Posts board. Thank you for sharing great resources!
    Darlene
    ELABuffet

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    1. You are so welcome...thanks for joining in and as always let me know if there is something I miss. Good ideas always appreciated.

      Cheers,
      DocRunning

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