Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My life Has Become So Pinteresting

To say that I have a slight obsession with Pinterest would be an extreme understatement. Pinterest has literally changed my life. Literally. Not only has it remarkably stolen consumed hours of my life, it has exposed me to a plethora of content I otherwise would never have found. Particularly, in regards to teaching.

If you follow me on Pinterest, have ever glanced at my boards, or checked out my recent activity, you know that I am not exaggerating about my obsession. Since my recent welcomed challenge, I have been frantically frequently pinning new lessons and ideas for my upcoming classroom. This is in part due to the fact that my mind is always fixated on my job, but also because the “See More Pins” button is flat out addicting. “See more” classroom ideas to make your lesson planning, classroom organization, and management easier? Um, yes please!

After entering the blogging community and searching the “catalog” of Pinterest, I stumbled upon TeachersPayTeachers. If you don’t know what this is, or haven’t visited the site very often – allow me to pass this life-altering torch to you and remind you to go back and visit.

TeachersPayTeachers is the world’s first open marketplace where teachers can buy and sell original downloadable education materials. The best part is that teachers are sharing, selling, and purchasing amongst other teachers. Hard working teachers are thus rewarded for sharing the activities and designs they post, while the teachers who purchase are saving the time and energy of creating these resources on their own.

Sound amazing? It is. And just when you think it can’t get any better, allow me to point out that the items for sale are at very reasonable prices. Even if you decide that the price is too much (although I doubt you will), remind yourself that your money will be going to another hard working teacher.  Say goodbye to reinventing the wheel, and say hello to teacher collaboration!

Aside from my ramblings above, there are two extra special things that I LOVE about TeachersPayTeachers:

1.     There are THOUSANDS of FREE DOWNLOADS!! Yes, thousands. For all different ages, subjects, classrooms, and levels. Remarkable. I know.
2.     You get to link to hundreds of teaching blogs! SO many people who share resources on TeachersPayTeachers run their very own blogs. And who doesn’t love to link up with more teachers, bloggers, and even more content!?

So, in case you're wondering what I'll be up to later -

And of course, perusing TeachersPayTeachers!

Check out these 5 Fab Feebies I recently found on TeachersPayTeachers to pin to my teaching boards!

You MUST check out these files and more from Graphics From the Pond!

How adorable are these Printable Tags from Dana at 3rd Grade Gridiron?!

Check out these 24 Guided Reading Prompt Cards by Shelley Gray. Students can choose the ready made cards and answer the prompts!  

I love the "I have, Who Has" Game. It practices academic skills while simultaneously working on listening and cooperative learning. Here's a favorite of mine from Michelle Hunt to review Money!

There are hundreds of sight word games on this site, perfect for students to do in centers. I love this Monster Mash Sight Word Game from Olivia Cason!

And don’t forget to Follow Me on Pinterest!


  1. Thanks for the shout out, Nicki! And that's a great list of finds! :)


  2. Thanks so much for mentioning my Guided Reading Cards Nicki! You are right, TpT is awesome!! Love your blog, by the way and your Pinterest boards are wonderful!

    Have a great day,

    Teaching in the Early Years