This past summer I wrote a post on Using Social Media During the Summer to Save Hours During the Year. The post had simple and practical tips for teachers. It dealt especially with Pinterest for teachers and TpT.
It got extremely popular on Pinterest just with this one pin!
Due to popular demand and some emails that I have received, I wanted to do a second post with just tips on using Pinterest to save time when planning for your lessons.
How to Use Pinterest and Save Time When Lesson Planning
Pinterest is amazing! It is no surprise this particular social media is gaining thousands of followers every day.
The best part of Pinterest is that you can not only find great teaching materials but also STORE them in folders. Similar to what you would do when preparing for your lesson plans.
You can start a separate Pinterest account for your work ideas only or mix it with your personal account. Mine is just for work as I am using Pinterest as the main source of publicity of my blog. But I already see so many personal benefits in my teaching.
So here are my ideas:
During the Summer or When I Have Some Free Time:
- I start a board with every main area of my subject.
- Every time I spot an interesting article, I organize it in the appropriate category
The main principles are:
- I try to make my boards as detailed as possible. That makes it easy to find things later.
- I have board for every class I teach but also for every season (Halloween, end of the year, etc.)
- I have a board that I can come back to on a difficult day (check Teach Stress Free board)
- I start a board for every important aspect of teaching- assessment, recruiting, etc.
- I have a board with Teacher Pay Teachers materials. I don’t spend $ all at once. But I keep them all available. This way if I need something quick in the middle of the year, I know where to access it.
- In fact I feel that I need to start creating new boards specific to a class or a subject to make the information better organized.
Things I Don’t Spend Prep Time On Anymore
I really think that PInterest has revolutionized teaching! I used to spend hours creating paperwork and handouts in the past. Some of the things that were expected of me by the school had very littel to do with my direct instruction.
But now you can find all of these things ready. You open more time to spend on what really matters-your students!
All of the thing below I have Pinterest board for. When I need them, I simply pull out what I need! It does save a lot of time and leave me more to work on what matters most-working with my students!
- Sub lesson plans
- Some TpT worksheets
My Subject is Music. Some Pinterest boards You May Benefit From Are:
- Teaching Music: Fall Season
- Teaching Music: Beginning of the Year
- Teaching Stress Free
- Recruiting Tips
- Suzuki Violin Tips
If you teach a different subject your boards may look like that:
- Math Quizes
- Math Games
- End of Year Activities
And that is it! 20 min here are there when you have time makes the school year so much easier!
Do You Use Pinterest for Pleasure or For Work?