Pinterest Tips That Really Work

Do you love Pinterest? What about Pinterest fails? I know there's a whole section of Pinterest boards just for things people have seen and tried and made a mess of! It's actually quite funny and meant in good spirit!

Anyway, this post is all about Pinterest things I tried and THEY WORKED! And, in some cases, they worked very, very well!

Favorite Pinterest finds for Classroom: Tried and true ideas that work and are easy to do!
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I call this The Great Pencil Dilemma!

First up, do you have that disappearing pencil problem in your classroom? Ha! I think we all do! You know- at the beginning of the day you have tons of pencils and five minutes later there are NONE!

Pinterst Finds: Here's a great tip for what to do about keeping pencils sharp and ready to use! You just need two little buckets, some fresh pencils, and a great pencil sharpener!

So, one year I collected all the pencils students brought (on the first day of school) and I kept a Ready can and a Sharpen can displayed. Each morning part of our arrival routine was to make sure we have two good pencils. During the day these can be replaced, but only when you return one. This has totally eliminated pencil drama, including listening to kids sharpen pencils endlessly. I also purchased one of those cute little pencil sharpeners you have seen on Pinterest and it really does work extremely well! Here's one:

To help even more with the pencil dilemma I taught ONE student how to use this sharpener and he does all my pencils in the afternoons and they are ready for the next day!

Next, seriously, how many times have we all said, "put your name on your paper!" And no matter what- there's always one or two or five no-name papers.

It's the No-Name on Your Paper Syndrome....

Pinterest Tip for Non Name Papers: This works amazingly well! Start this at the beginning of the school year and eliminate those no-name papers!

So, what is the trick to get kids to put their names on their papers? In front of my desk was how "Hand-In" basket and inside the basket was a little can full of highlighters and pencils. The message on the can say to highlight your name before turning in your paper. After a few days, I found that most kids used their desk highlighters to do this before walking across the room. We also learned to highlight by just drawing a box around the name since pencil does smear a little.

Let's call this one: How to Get Kids to Use the Hand Sanitizer!

Here's is the BEST Pinterest find ever. To this day I still use that hand sanitizer bottle and I still get comments and questions about it!
Pinterest Tip: Studd some Lego pieces inside hand sanitizer and your kids will use it more often! They really do because they want to see the Lego move around!
The hand sanitizer has been a really big hit! Not a day goes by that I don't have a student comment about it and ask how I got the toys in the bottle.  My goal was to get the boys to keep their hands clean. One little girl pointed out that it has pink LEGO in it, too! And they all use it! I just periodically refill the big bottle!

I call it "What Do You Need?

So, I know the beginning of the year is the perfect time to try this next Pinterest idea, but I think it will work at any time of year, too!

Pinteret Tip: How do you build community in your classroom? This anchor chart is a gret way to get to think about how they treat other other and what they need from each other!

We started a morning meeting one day with an anchor chart. We talked about the ways small things distract us and whether we have a duty to help one another. I posed the question on the anchor chart and kids went away to write a response on a post-it note. The next day we read all the notes. How eye-opening was this! Kids quickly saw that tapping, humming, constantly kicking the floor, and whispering were all distracting to someone. Very few of them said that nothing bothered them. In the end, we decided we did have a duty to keep from bothering our neighbors. Now, if we could just turn off the intercom!

This is called "Pencil Tub Inspiration"...

Pencils tub messages! I originally saw this and made the labels for every tub. Later it occurred to me to try a variation. More about that in a minute.

Pinterest Tip: Make a very visual display of Think Before You Speak hints and place it right on your kids' tables.
Each table has its own tub that holds all the students' glue, highlighters, crayons, pencils, and post-it notes. I placed the little signs at the ends of each bin as a visual reminder to be kind.
Every table was the same!

But what if every table is different. That would be an interesting way to bring about, even more, messages to each group and, of course, all the students.

Here are the tubs I use for my tables:

These tubs are a perfect size and come in LOTS of colors!

We called it "Str-e-e-e-e-t-t-t-c-c-c-h-h-h Your Sentences"

BONUS: One last idea I found on Pinterest was a way to stretch a sentence to make writing more meaningful. I know you have seen this one!

Pinterest Tip: Here's a fabulous way to teach kids to make a better sentence. Practice this often!
We completed this one on the anchor chart and then as a morning work exercise for days after that each student completed a similar sentence in their Writer's Notebooks. We LOVED reading these aloud to see how students stretched the simple words into something spectacular.

So, there you have some of my Pinterest "goodies"!
Just so you will know, I tried these Pinterest ideas while teaching a regular third-grade classroom. They worked and many of them still work for today as a STEM lab teacher.

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Pinterest - Easy Ideas to Try

I had a brain pop last night while perusing Pinterest and decided to devote this day's posting to all the ideas I have grabbed and tried- successfully I might add! It is just completely wonderful to have Pinterest as a resource for ideas we can see, adapt, copy, and put into use. So here are some of my favorite ideas:

First, I saw this great tree bulletin board display and adapted it to showcase the Seven Habits (this is a program our school follows). Each small rectangular label is a cute little picture of one of the habits (the posters were found as a free resource from Teachers Pay Teachers, but it is no longer available). 
Pinterest Idea for your classroom! It's a tree made of circles and could be decorated in so many ways. This one showcases the Seven Habits! You might try making it your birthday tree!

Next is one of my favorite sayings (and one I probably point out one thousand times a day) is on this poster.  I found the quote on pre-made posters, but didn't want to pay the high price for them and the shipping. The poster board already had the decorated border and I just lettered it free-hand!
Pinterst Idea for your classroom! It's a fabulous quote about the benfit of paying attention and makes a great display for your wall or a bulletin board.

Two more sets of posters I liked a lot are on each side of the front of my classroom. I drew these with a projector and then used markers to make them colorful. The pom pom in the center of the flower is just a regular pom hot glued to the wall!
Pinterest Idea for your classroom! Here's more posters that are easyto hand letter and use to decorate. The poms are hand made also and hot glued to the wall!

This little magnetic board is how we make our lunch choices each day. Beside the board I have a very small dry erase board on which we write the two choices each day. The kids just move their magnets. (My helper of the day replaces the magnets each afternoon and writes the choices for the next day.) It's a hot pink magnetic board purchased at Wal-Mart and the stripes are ribbons. To attach the ribbon I used double sided tape.
Pinterest Idea for your classroom! Need a small board for something? Try a little magnetic board and tape ribbon to it for the sections.

Here's another little magnetic board and it is displayed right below the lunch choice board. Both boards are on the side of a filing cabinet that is just inside the room. We are using this instead of a bathroom pass or hallway pass. Kids just move a magnet to show where they are. (mostly we need this because if you tell me where you are going I will forget it in 4 seconds.) Again, I used a purchased magnetic board and the stripes are ribbon. 
Pinterest Ida for your classroom! Here's a perfect way to keep track of where your students have gone! Use this in place of hall or bathroom passes!

We spent some time during the first two weeks of school talking about the climate of our classroom and how we wanted it to work. We also looked at several posters like this one. Finally, we compiled the best sentiments into our own collection and decided these were really nice classroom rules! (Basically I think the only rule you really need is "Be Nice".
I made the poster on copy paper and then took it to Staples to be enlarged. I also made a copy for each student to place in their data notebooks!
Pinterest Idea for your classroom! It's a set of classroom "rules" compiled by students in the first few days of school! Makes a great poster and make a copy as in insert in students data notebooks!

One fun project was to make my own seat crates. I already had the crates so I simply went to my local hardware store and asked them to cut a large piece of wood for me. Then I covered the wood with foam and fabric and made the cute little seats. We are enjoying them. (Although I will say they do get in the way a little.)
Pinterest Idea for your classroom! Seats made from crates. You can get the crates at a low cost, buy a sheet of board at a hardware store and the store might even cut the wood for you! Cute little seats!

The kids brought in an array of "next read" bags and these are now stored on our Bag Tree. Also, right beside the tree is a poster with a card pocket for each student. When a book from my library is checked out the students place the book's card in their own pocket. This lets me know what each child is reading and where my books are. When they finish reading they replace the card and turn the book back in.
Pinterest Idea for your classroom! Make a next read bag tree from an old or inexpensive hanging rack! Another idea in this photo is to make a board for students to place "check out" cards for their books. Helps keep track of what they are reading!

If you need more Pinterest Ideas that were great success for me try this post {HERE}
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