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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:33 am | Updated: 12:33 pm, Wed Mar 7, 2012.

I have recently become addicted the the site, Pinterest. From what I cook to the way I arrange the photos on my mantle, Pinterest has effectively inspired me.  It is an online pinboard where you can organize different ideas. I am up to 22 boards with 748 pins to these boards! I consult my “eats” recipe board frequently and keep the “oh so clean and organized” ideas on the back burner!

What I just discovered was the plethora of creative choices it brings to teachers and parents. Back in my day of teaching, I was constantly revising lesson plans to snatch up the attention of students. I can’t imagine the fun we could have had if I found these clever ideas to spin off. From classroom management and organization to hands on projects, the wheel has been invented and is laid out for you with a photo and often a tutorial.

I remember many times during my first year of teaching thinking about this concept, but in a much more primitive (ahem, hard copy) form. I thought it would be great if all teachers could place their “best” ideas in a book for other teachers to learn from. This is much better than that! It’s like browsing an endless, shiny magazine of all subjects. Undoubtedly you will think, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

PInterest has a category devoted specifically to education where you can scroll through what seems like (and may be) thousands of educational ideas. I realize that not everyone has the time to do that, so I suggest you find people to follow that have similar interests as you. Find other teachers who are “pinners” (the official name for Pinterest participants) and follow them. The items that they pin will come across your feed and then you can re-pin them to your own boards if you like the idea. I have a friend that is a kindergarten teacher and she has 10 boards devoted to various aspects of teaching. Any elementary teacher would gain a new idea by looking at her page alone. One of my favorite postings she pinned is Dollar Tree Teacher Ideas http://pinterest.com/pin/28429041367740864/. What teacher or parent couldn’t use some brilliant ideas that are easy on the wallet?

Speaking of money, Pinterest is free! I suggest you ask another pinner to send you an invite if you know one. If no one has mentioned it, give a shout out on facebook or twitter that you are looking for an invite. This is the quickest way to get started. If that doesn’t work out, just request one from http://pinterest.com/. As soon as you’re logged in, you can make your own boards and start organizing ideas.

If you get a little frustrated, just check out the “humor” category. You will be chuckling in no time and then you can return to getting inspired! Have fun.

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