A while back my friend posted on Facebook that she just wished she could get back the last hour of her life that she had spent on Pinterest. At that point, I made the decision not to be lured into Pinterest. Teaching can be a pretty time-consuming job as it is. And balancing home and school is tricky. But recently, I was checking out another teacher’s blog, and she had a link to Pinterest. I figured, “What harm can it do? I will just look at this one thing.” That thing opened a whole new world to me.
Who knew there were tons of educational ideas on Pinterest? I sure didn’t, but now I do! Some of the ideas are so cute. Christi Fultz at Ms. Fultz’s Corner had a great idea for morning lunch count. I loved it!
For lunch count, I had been using small metal buckets containing popsicle sticks numbered with each child’s classroom number. They simply moved the popsicle stick into the correct pail, hot lunch or milk, depending on what they needed for the day. This always worked fine during lunch count, but I didn’t have a really good place to store the little buckets, and they were always getting knocked off my chalk tray.
So I used Christi’s idea, but instead of putting my lunch count on a cookie sheet that I would have to store, I used a section of my whiteboard that had my calendar on it.
I simply downloaded various food photos, laminated them, cut them out, labeled them with classroom numbers, and put magnets on the back. Then I divided a portion of my whiteboard into sections using some bulletin board border I already had. It works really well and didn’t cost me anything—except for the hours of my life I now spend on Pinterest!
Do you use ideas from Pinterest in your classroom? If so, how have you tweaked them to fit your needs?