Pining for Pinterest

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My fancy new “teacher toolbox” is a cheap, easy and fun idea that I recently found with my new favorite web tool, Pinterest! Paula Naugle invited me months ago, but it wasn’t until when she mentioned it at EdCamp Louisiana (which was awesome, BTW) that I decided to check it out. If you are anything like me, you will be INSTANTLY ADDICTED to pinning, so be careful!!!

Pinterest is basically a social bookmarking tool–you use it to save and share all the good stuff you find around the web. According to their website: “Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.”

For me, Pinterest is great place to store, share and find links to great ideas and inspiration for my classroom and personal interests like crafts and baking. Unlike other social bookmarking tools like Delicio.us, Pinterest has a visual format–each bookmark must have a picture associated with it which is either automatically pulled from the content you find, or uploaded by you. Here is a screenshot of one of my many boards:

Until next time, enjoy getting ready for the new school year, and happy pinning!

Unfortunately, in my district, Pinterest has been added to our seemingly mile-long list of “blocked sites”. Nevertheless, I have used it this summer as a virtual treasure trove for ideas for my classroom setup.

Teacher Toolbox how-to
My teacher toolbox idea came from a pin to this link: http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/2012/07/teacher-toolbox-printable.html. First I bought a $16 “Stack-On” plastic toolbox from Lowe’s. You can also find it at Home Depot or a variety of options online at Amazon.

Using the template above, you can print out labels for the things you want to store (I changed the color of mine in Photoshop).
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Now, all you need is scissors, a laminator and hot glue gun. Cut out the labels BEFORE you laminate them–it’s much easier that way, in my opinion. Laminate the labels for durability and hot glue them to the box, and you’re done! I loved it so much, I made another one to make a “supply station” for my students!
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Note the golf pencils(big box of pre-sharpened ones can be bought at Office Depot)…hopefully they won’t get stolen!!!

Another fun idea I got from Pinterest is the “scrunchy border”.
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To find out how to make this easy 3D border, visit this link: http://peaceloveandfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2012/06/making-scrunchy-border.html

Until next time, good luck getting ready for the new school year, and happy pinning!

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