Weekly “Pinspiration”: Using Pinterest to get organized
By Lia on October 12th, 2012
I’ll always equate fall with back-to-school. There’s just something about apples and crisp golden leaves, sharp crayons and fresh notebooks that makes fall the perfect time for a clean slate. Forget New Year’s resolutions; I’d much rather make New-School-Year resolutions. Fortunately, Pinterest is a fantastic back-to-school resource for parents, teachers, and students when it comes getting organized for the year ahead. In the latest post in our “Pinspiration” series, Megan showed us the beautiful and creative ways in which libraries and librarians are using Pinterest. On that note, here are some ideas about how teachers (and/or parents… anyone, really!) can use Pinterest to stay organized.
- Mashable makes a great suggestion in this infographic: Create a classroom library board so students know what books and resources are available to them. You can even send out the link to the board in your classroom newsletter to keep students and parents on the same page (so to speak.)
- Pin your favorite teaching blogs and websites. Save them all to one board for easy access, or create multiple boards to organize your links by category. As you stumble upon links you like or classroom ideas you want to come back to, why not pin ‘em? That way, when you’re on the hunt for printables or bulletin board ideas, you won’t have to comb through bookmarks to find them. (Just make sure to caption each pin so you remember why it’s there in the first place…) Rachel Friedrich, creator of Sub Hub and Picture Book Lessons, has an entire board called “Blogs for My Current Teaching Position“– useful for other teachers visiting her page, too!
- Be crafty when it comes to organizing your workspace. I love the creative solutions teachers come up with to keep their desks organized. First-grade teacher and blogger Melissa Alonzo-Dillard has an awesome Classroom Organization board filled with ways to keep your papers and school supplies neat. (Caution: you might feel the need to start color-coding and redecorating your desk immediately.)
- Discover organization tricks for your classroom. An organized desk is only the beginning: Pinterest is the perfect place to find inspiration for creative (and often inexpensive) classroom storage solutions. Amy Moore has a really great Organized Classroom board, as does Katie Sherron King.
- Use Pinterest to plan ahead. Pinterest is ideal for prepping for seasonal or holiday units. Charity Preston, the teacher and blogger behind The Organized Classroom, does an awesome job of organizing her pins by topic! Take a look at her boards for some “pinspiration”.
How about you? How do you use Pinterest to keep your classroom organized? Tweet at us (@scholastic) with a link to your classroom organization board using the hashtag #bestboard, and we’ll include some of our favorites in our next Pinterest roundup!
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