Do any other teachers out there think that we should all get professional development hours for all of the time we spend on Pinterest? In my district, we have to get something like 100 every few years, but I'm sure I easily spend that just looking up ideas on my own time.
I'd like to start blogging a little bit more about my teaching experience/ideas, but for today, here are some ideas that I've gotten directly from Pinterest -- and more importantly, have actually been successfully implemented in my classroom!
Labeling Student Mailboxes
In my room, I do everything in alphabetical order. It's how we line up, it's how I organize their papers, and it's also how their mailboxes are set up for the year. Instead of writing their names on each individual mailbox and then having to put stickers or white-out over top for all subsequent years, I use binder clips. They are so easy to rearrange (if new students come, or if someone moves away) and I can easily clip them off at the end of the year and start fresh.
You can see my mailboxes over to the left.
Therabands for ADHD Students
This year we have a hodgepodge of special needs throughout the entire 4th grade. The occupational therapist recommended these to us, which totally reinforced what I had pinned. Now, we have them on the bottom of the kids' chairs in order to help them when they are feeling fidgety. They can put pressure on the band which helps them to relax.
Learning Objectives Bulletin Board
I have always loved these whiteboard objectives, but I don't have any actual space on my board. Instead, I made a bulletin board and created little mini erasable sections for each subject. I still like the original better, but hey, what can you do.
All pins can be found here.
Teachers out there -- do you ever find good ideas on Pinterest? Leave your username so that I can check it out!