As a teacher, you’re likely always looking for ways to get your students excited about learning. One innovative method is through Pinterest, which has quickly become one of the biggest ways for teachers to share resources. Users create virtual ‘pin boards’ about their favorite topics to help them remember ideas and products they find while browsing the Internet. Pinterest lets you ‘pin’ parts of the web (text, images, videos, websites, etc.) onto those boards.
Here are 20 ways to help you learn how you can use Pinterest in your music classroom:
- Get inspiration for decorating your classroom. Pinterest can be a great resource for finding photos of great classroom setups for all grade levels that you can use for inspiration.
- Organize your ideas. Keep your ideas organized and easy-to-find for when you need them.
- Get ideas for an inspired bulletin board. A great bulletin board display can make kids excited to learn and proud to see their accomplishments on the wall.
- Follow interesting boards (like NAfME!). That way anytime things are posted to it you’ll see it immediately in your own feed.
- Look for ways to organize your classroom. Search through pins for some great, often very creative, ways to keep your class neat and tidy.
- Swap and share lesson plans. Pinterest is full of lesson plans that you can use and adapt to your own needs. You can also show off your own great ideas!
- Find loads of printables (including sheet music). If you’re in the market for some printable games, warm ups, and lessons for your students, you’ll be sure to find tons of great stuff!
- Look for grade-specific materials. Need to search by grade? You can do that, too! If you find boards you like, make sure to follow them.
- Collaborate with other teachers and educators. Teachers can create collaborative boards, making it simple to work together on projects, build better lessons, or just connect over shared ideas.
- Start a conversation. Inspired by a lesson plan or image posted by another educator? Tell them! You can comment on their pins, offering you a chance to learn more and connect.
- Share what you’re doing in the classroom. While it’s great to sit back and take in all the images other people have shared, you shouldn’t be afraid to share your own as well. Pin your favorite classroom projects so that other teachers and students can make use of them as well.
- Get links to great tech resources. Pinterest is a great place to find out about new tech resources for teachers, including places to print off materials, track your students, or get free educational videos! Be sure to check out the Learning Network webinars hosted by NafME!
- Find out about awesome new educational products. You can pin pictures of the latest and greatest in educational products, though some may be dream purchases.
- Promote your own work or blog. Show off your teaching skills and creativity on Pinterest. You can use it to promote your blog, photos, or anything else you think is worth sharing.
- Learn how to help with behavior management. Find pins and talk with other educators for new ideas on how to handle your students, from rewarding them for doing well to handling a disruptive kid.
- Find amazing teaching blogs to read. There are loads of teacher blogs and educational posts pinned that you can look through.
- Develop as a teacher. Find ideas that can help you push your teaching to the next level.
- Find tutorials. Not sure how to take on a project or tackle a new technology? You can use Pinterest to find helpful tutorials on how to do so!
- Find inspiration. You’ll find tons of inspirational quotes and photos that will help you get through even the hardest day.
- Laugh after a long day. Create a board dedicated to things that make you smile. Pin cute pictures, comic strips, and funny images for an instant pick-me-up.
Check out these great ideas:
Find these and more on our NAfME Pinterest Page
Look at these fun bulletin board and classroom wall decoration ideas! Discuss how music contributes to all subjects! Check out our NAfME Advocacy Pinterest Board for more information. Or have your students bring in their favorite CD and discuss why it’s important to them!
There are TONS of free music room printables to help you customize and decorate your classroom!
Check out this music stand pocket made from scrap fabric- you can keep my pens, paper clips, chalk, remote control and whatever else clutters up your stand!