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Tuesday, October 9, 2012


My world was turned upside down last year when I found out that I was pregnant with twins (now 10 months old). I would spend hours on the internet researching twin pregnancy, twin schedules, etc. And then one hot day as I was sprawled on the couch nibbling on soda crackers, a friend sent me a Facebook message: "Hey! Have you seen Pinterest?" Pinterest? How does one even pronounce Pinterest?

I'm here to tell you: Pinterest has changed my life. I started pinning that very day, and at least once a week, I still tell someone how Pinterest has made me a better mom, wife, teacher, etc. etc. etc. Remember how I talked so highly of collaboration in my introduction post? Pinterest is another example of collaboration at its very finest! Take Charity Preston, for example. She has over 85,000 Pinterest followers. If she pins ONE good idea, and only half of her followers repin that pin, and only half of those that repin it actually put it into practice, IMAGINE THE REACH! How many kids have been positively impacted by this one pin that one person posted?

The only tricky part of Pinterest is that it moves very quickly, and many teachers only have a limited amount of time to spend rifling through pins on Pinterest. So, I've decided to make Tuesdays "Time Saver Tuesday." To save you time this week, I'd like to share some of my favorite pins that have come across my feed this week...sifted through and ready for your perusal! (All of these are either freebies or classroom management ideas.  No paid products here!)
  Engage your students in their fluency practice with this adorable freebie!  Print and cut, then have the students pull out of a bag and practice their fluency.  This would be a great addition to your Daily 5 Read to Partner center to spice things up.

Smartie Fractions
I had a hard time deciding whether or not to link this one because this is it--just a picture with no link back-- but I couldn't resist! This is so incredibly awesome and engaging for kids.

CAFE Strategy Poster
There are a lot of CAFE anchor charts floating around, but this one takes the cake.  It is so great because it has specific examples of what students can do to practice their CAFE skills.  (It links back to a great post at My Life in Verbs which I highly recommend looking over!)

Angry Birds Cause and Effect
Could this be any more timely? I have not met a student who doesn't love Angry Birds.  What a great way to tap into student interest and teach them Cause and Effect.

Conversational Moves Anchor Chart
I am a very strong believe in discussion.  No novel study is complete without extensive discussion time.  In my humble opinion, that is one of the best ways for kids to learn how to infer. Discuss, discuss, discuss.  But, kids aren't born knowing how to constructively discuss a novel.  This Conversation Moves chart is a great anchor chart for kids to use when participating in novel discussion, guided reading groups, socratic seminar, etc.

Class Of Collage
A fantastic keepsake for your kids!  There are so many ways you could incorporate this into your academics, or save it until the end of the year (I couldn't resist sharing now).  Love this idea!

Multiple Intelligence Posters
And finally, a little freebie from my store.  Here are Multiple Intelligences posters I created to hang up in my classroom.  At the beginning of every year, we do a study on Multiple Intelligences to better understand how we all learn (post coming on that soon!).  I put up the posters, then the students put a sticky note on their strongest "smart" or "intelligence."

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope some of these links are useful to you and your students.


  1. I really like the Context Clues Packet I bought from you and am about to purchase more. I'm going to pin some the things I like from your store so others can see these great products! :)

    The Science Penguin

  2. Thanks so much, and thanks for the pins! I am so glad you enjoyed the Context Clues Packet. :) My kids have always loved that.