Monday, March 17, 2014

The Pinterest Pledge


Hello All Things Upper Elementary Readers,

It is Kristy from the 2 Peas and a Dog Blog. I am here to share some quick tips for keeping your Pinterest addiction manageable. If you are anything like me you have access to Pinterest on your phone, tablet and computer, and it can be tempting to pin all day long.

Pinterest is a great tool for teachers because it is full of so many great ideas that we would not normally be exposed to. I feel like Pinterest should be considered a form of professional development because most of the pins I follow are to reputable bloggers who have excellent ideas.

But how do you organize your pins? Lately, I have been seeing a lot of people pinning my pins to general Pinterest boards called "Education". If you pin all of your teaching pins to one board called "Education" how long will it take you to search for the one specific pin you pinned months ago?

I am challenging all of you to take the Pinterest Pledge to clean up your digital PD system.


Create new topic specific boards that are relevant to you: classroom organization, classroom management, math, language, etc. All my of boards are organized by subjects that I teach or teaching concepts like back to school or classroom management.

Reorganize your old Pinterest boards by re-pinning old pins onto their new specific boards. This also gives you a chance to delete pins you did not find useful or are no longer relevant to your teaching assignment. 

Rearrange your Pinterest boards to be alphabetized or by theme: teaching, home life, cottage life etc. This will help you sort through your boards quickly and narrow in on the idea you want. I organize my teaching stuff at the top and then at the bottom of my page are my home and food boards. Left click, hold and move your Pinterest board around to where you want it to be positioned on your Pinterest site. 

Set a daily Pinterest time limit. This can accomplished by setting a timer on your phone, iPad or computer. There will always be cool and interesting pins to look at on Pinterest, but it is important for you to take time for yourself and your family as well. 

Check your pins before you pin them. I open my potential pins in a new tab before I pin them to a board. Recently I saw this awesome pin about teacher fonts. When I clicked through to the pin, I did not find a site with a link to "Awesome Teacher Fonts", I got a blog about Mood Disorders. 

Happy Pinning! 

Click here to see the 2 Peas and a Dog Pinterest Boards.

Kristy @ 2 Peas and a Dog

4 comments:

  1. I reorganized my boards a few months ago. Instead of repinning, you can also edit the pin and move it to the new boards. That way you retain the repin count (if that's important to you) since you will delete your original pin.

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  2. I am so proud: I do all these things!! Of course, I learned them from collaborating here on ATUE. :) This is a great list for anyone looking to clean up their pins.

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  3. I just started a pinterest account linked with my blog. This was so helpful. Thank you very much for your insight. I must admit....pinterest time limits will be difficult. :)

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