Category Archives: Pinterest

Creating a Collaborative Board on Pinterest

Ever since we posted a free list of collaborative boards in our TpT store, we’ve gotten a ton of questions about how these things work. For Q&A Monday, we’ll be answering the following question.

Q: How do you create a collaborative board on Pinterest?

A: Check out these few simple steps ~ We are going through the process of creating a new board to show you, but you can do this with existing boards as well, just skip to Step 6

1. Go to (at this point you can look at your boards or dive right in)

2. Click the “Add +” Button

3. Choose “Create a Board”

4. Edit your board details. Be sure to choose an appropriate title and the correct category your board should be placed under.

5. At this point, you can add more collaborators to your board. Note the area that says “Who can pin?”… this is where you can invite others to pin on your board. It is crucial that you are following at least one board of the person you are trying to invite. Otherwise it won’t work! We are using our friend Richi as an example. We simple began to type in her name and her picture popped up. Once we click on her name, she is automatically sent an invitation to pin with us on our new board.

6. Once you are finished editing your board details, simply click “Create Board” and you will be taken to the following page. To change any details, click in “Edit Board”.

7. You will be able to change the name of the board, description of the board, board category, and those who are allowed to pin to the board. Our board shows that we can pin, as well as Richi. However since she has not accepted our invitation yet it shows her name in grey rather than black.

If you have any questions about this, or a question you would like to see in a future Q&A post, please leave a comment below. If you would also like to be added to our “Winter Wonderland” board, please leave your Pinterest URL in the comments.


Library Shelf Markers

If you are lucky enough to have space for a classroom library, chances are students don’t always put books back exactly where you put them. So instead of straight, neat bookshelves, they end up looking more like this…

Kids and Reading 
While this does have quite the artistic look to it, it’s not the best way to keep books in their best condition. Plus it makes it harder to find specific books.
 We suggest these great library shelf markers we found through Pinterest. You can read the original post on how to make them over at A Cupcake for the Teacher.
All you need are paint stirrers from Home Depot {FREE!} and a little paint. The numbers are a nice addition to help students remember which shelf marker is theirs.
How do you keep your classroom library organized? Baskets? Shelf markers? Magic?

Displaying Student Work

We’ve  got a quick classroom solution for you this week. Displaying student work is very important in the classroom. It lets the kiddos know that you value and appreciate their work. However, sometimes it is just a pain to switch everything out.

Clothespins are the solution. What? Clothespins are ugly? Okay. We love the clothespins pictured below. Re-purpose old crayon wrappers and decoupage them onto the clothespin. Super cute and simple!

You can also use scrapbook paper for a different theme.

The possibilities are endless! Not only will this make your bulletin boards cute, but they will help make changing out student work much easier. No more stapling, or tacking work up.

How do you display student work in your classroom?

Tuesday Trends – Chicago Teacher Strike

By this point, you’ve heard about the Chicago teacher strike. On Monday morning, thousands of teachers left their classrooms behind and took to the streets. For the first time in 25 years, hundreds of thousands of students were left without their teachers.

All teachers believe in fair assessments, adequate pay, etc. It is unfortunate for the children in Chicago to be placed in the middle of the disagreements without doing anything wrong. The Chicago Teachers Union felt a formal strike was the only way to make any progress in the negotiations they have been trying to make for over a year.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis attends a rally Tuesday afternoon in the Loop on the second day of the strike.
September 11th – 4 PM Update

In the latest press release from the Chicago Tribune, they stated that the strike will not end today. We hope for the sake of the students that things will be worked out quickly and classes will resume as soon as possible. While the Union has a right to strike, we need to get those kids back in school!

On a lighter note… Leah at Learning 4 Keeps is having a fun linky party.

Learning 4 Keeps
She asked everyone to share some of the great *laugh out loud* moments found through Pinterest. So here are a few of our favorites…

Tech teacher humor