Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pin It in the Classroom!

Since discovering Pinterest, I must admit, it has become a definite addiction.  I'll go to the website with the intention of looking for 1 specific topic, but then one thing leads to another and...well, you understand (I hope it's not just me).  

Originally I began using Pinterest specifically for teaching ideas, and that's still my main focus.  Once I got the swing of things and realized that there were actual "real" people behind these wonderful 'pins,' it honestly modernized my teaching skills.  The pins lead me to fabulous blogs that shared amazing lesson plans, ideas for activities to use w/ students, wonderful educational products...I could go on and on.  

Then I began creating my own boards. 

Follow Lit with Lyns's board Lit w/ Lyns on Pinterest.  

The key to using Pinterest effectively is organizing your boards, so that they can serve their purpose when needed (if only I could practice what I preach).  It's important to follow other pinners that have similar interests.  Since I teach middle school, I look for boards that have info for secondary teachers, such as, Secondary Education Collaborative Board. 

Follow Education with DocRunning's board Secondary Education Collaborative Board on Pinterest.  

My goal is to start incorporating Pinterest into my class projects by creating boards on particular topics.  Then students can go to the specified board for research and other pertinent information.  I still have to work out the kinks and will have to get advice from other incredible teachers who already do this, such as Mrs. Spangler in the Middle. Check out her post about how she uses Pinterest with her students!  Great ideas!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Back to School Giveaways Galore!!!

It's a fantastic time to be a teacher... If only I would've had access to TPT and all these wonderful products when I first started teaching!  This week I'm a part of 2 different Back to School Giveaways!  The first BTS Giveaway is hosted by Lauralee from the Language Arts Classroom and Julie Faulkner from Faulkner's Fast Five and is running from Aug. 2nd-8th.  Almost 100 secondary teacher/authors have donated over $700 in back to school products from multiple subject areas for both middle and high school!  The products were organized into bundles, in order to best fit your needs.  There will be giveaways in the following areas:  bundle for ANY classroom, and then a bundle for middle school English, high school English, secondary science, secondary math, and secondary history.  Enter by going to the Language Arts Classroom!

The 2nd giveaway is hosted by Heidi from Droppin' Knowledge and will run from Aug. 5th-12th.  This giveaway also has TONS of teacher/authors who have donated their awesome back to school products, and you can enter each of the giveaway bundles in the rafflecoptors at the end of this post.  To give you an idea of all the different items that are included, take a look at the pics below.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Introducing the Middle School Mob Blog Launch & Giveaway- Monday, Aug. 3rd

I’m so excited to announce the blog launch for the Middle School Mob!  This is a collaborative blog of 16 middle school teacher bloggers/authors from various subjects areas, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!!!   There will be blog posts multiple times each week with teaching tips, ideas, freebies, and other great resources. For today only, we're expressing our appreciation for you stopping by, by having a huge TPT Middle School Bundle Giveaway! You can check it out here, as well as receive updates on Facebook by liking our Facebook page.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

TPT Back to School Giveaway Aug. 2-8

I'm so excited to be a part of another great TPT Back to School Giveaway!!!  I have linked up with the Language Arts Classroom and Julie Faulkner, as well as over 100 TPT secondary teacher/authors from multiple subject this is going to be BIG!  Make sure to enter between Sunday, Aug. 2nd- Saturday, Aug. 8th by going to the Language Arts Classroom Blog.  The winners will be announced on Sunday, Aug. 9th!  While you're at it, stop by the other blogs who have linked up, and check out their back to school teaching tips and resources.  Take a look below at all the prizes and amazing teacher/authors who are a part of this!  Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!!!