Pinterest ideas you don't understand

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    There are some interesting things on Pinterest. One thing that I really don't understand is when people take a dry-erase marker, cover it with a piece of paper that contains a student's name, and hot glue a pom pom to the end.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/105482816245681467/

    I don't understand why someone would spend time doing this, because:
    1) I don't see the purpose of each student needing his/her own labeled marker. My students just take a marker when they need one, and I've never had a problem...?
    2) Pom poms aren't cheap! I just use black socks for erasers, which are very cheap and can be used over again each year.
    3) Where does the students place the cap when it is removed? It is usually placed on the end, but now a pom pom is there. Now you have a whole new problem.

    It seems like a very putsy and unnecessary project. If anyone does this, and finds it useful, please fill me in on what I'm missing.

    Have you seen any teacher trends on Pinterest that leave you scratching your head?
     
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    Um, I don't get it either. Maybe the students keep their own marker in their desks and then if one gets misplaced you'll know whose it is. I just have a big container of markers that someone passes out when we need them, and the only problem I ever have is when students get a marker that's dying, instead of tossing it and getting a new one, they put it back in the container and get a new one. It didn't work for you, it's not going to work for the next person, throw it out please!

    I have a paper towel dispenser in my room so we use that for erasers. I would do the sock thing but I don't just have one class, I get different students for math and science and I don't want to ask them all to bring a sock with them to class in case we are going to use the white boards.

    As far as other ideas I don't understand, I have a Pinterest account but don't really use it, so the only time I see Pinterest things is when Facebook friends post stuff. And all I've seen on there seems normal and useful.
     
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    I wouldn't label markers with kids names....I can get pompoms at the dollar store...that's cheap! also if you put the pompom on the cap end, you can still stick the cap on end of marker and erase with it. (the one in the link is done wrong...kids WILL lose those caps!)

    These are made with Pom on cap:

    http://theteachingthief.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-pom-pom-erasers.html
     
  5. DrivingPigeon

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    That makes so much more sense!
     
  6. HistoryVA

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    This is the way I do it and it works beautifully. However, I don't label the dry-erase markers, since I reuse the same set of 30 for each class.
     
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    I assume that the markers are labeled in an effort to get kids to be more responsible about their markers (putting the lids back on, etc.).

    I've seen tons of ideas on Pinterest that seem to require waaaaay more input than what you'll get out of them. I keep seeing one pin where you use nail polish to mark your keys (by painting the non-teeth part). To me, this seems like a huge waste of time, effort, and money. That nail polish is going to chip within a week, and you're going to need to reapply it constantly. A bottle of nail polish (or several bottles, if you have several keys to mark) costs a whole lot more than a 25-cent plastic key marker.
     
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    I'm still not picturing this.
    If you place the pompom onto the cap top, that cap top is what sticks into the bottom of the marker correct? Or am I missing something?
     
  9. Barbd

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    Depends on the marker. Some have the top of the top that sticks on the bottom and some have the bottom of the top that sticks on the bottom.

    Not sure about the second pic, but the first pic is the type that the top of the top would go into the bottom, so pompoms wouldn't work either way.
     
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    I got a class set of mini-erasers at Target for like $10. A lil expensive maybe but they've already lasted two years. We have community supplies, so no I wouldn't put their name on markers. We just pass them out as needed.

    There's lots of things on pinterest that look cutesy and are just way too much work. I'd rather spend a tiny bit more and save a ton of time when it comes to something like this.
     
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    I think some people have way too much time on their hands. Lots of those things on Pinterst are very involved and require a lot of materials. Some things I thought were useful ended up bringing me to another site when I cllicked on it and you had to pay to download stuff (worksheets, projects, etc). I look on there every so often but usually do not find anything that I definitely felt I needed.
     
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    Me too. They have fun neon colors this year! :D

    DrivingPigeon, I seriously laughed when I read your post because I have thought the EXACT same thing about that EXACT same pin. lol.

    Although, the pom pom on the cap makes SO much more sense than on the end of the marker.

    There are SO many things on Pinterest and Instagram where I'm like...just...WHY? I am a Pinterest junkie, but I've really tried to start only pinning things I would actually do in real life. Some of the stuff on there is just SO time consuming!

    I can't even think of any specific examples right now, but I'm sure I'll find some soon. I seem to see some every day.
     
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    But it's CUTE! Cute makes a better classroom. Oh, wait. We just had this discussion, didn't we.

    If she loves it and doesn't complain about time or money it takes to do her job, more power to her. If she does, she has the wrong focus.
     
  14. Toy_03

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    Tell me about it. While I like Pinterest, a lot of that stuff takes a lot of work! Sometimes im like what teacher has allllll this time to make it all.
     
  15. Matt633

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    We use mini white boards ( actually lime green plastic plates from Wal-mart) and dry erase markers everyday. I like the labels because some kids are so rough on markers and I've seen them try to switch to the marker with the better tip.

    I wouldn't bother with the Pom poms though. Time consuming and it would take too long to erase.
     
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    I thought old socks made the best erasers?
     
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    I agree. Old, clean (must specify) sock.
     
  18. Matt633

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    I love the sock idea! I hear my hubby now, "socks? Now you're taking my socks to school." Lol!
     
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    I hated finding old socks in desks, though. What gets me about Pinterest is that it is neverending. You click on something which takes you to a whole other group of cutesy things and so on and so on...... forever. It makes me nuts.
     
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    I did this, I haven't seen it on pinterest though. I painted the non-teeth part, but not fully. It's been on there about a year. I used a bright, fun color. It didn't cost me anything as I already had the nail polish and if I decide to repaint it, I'll use what I already have. It's not chipping off so much as wearing off.

    I just don't think of buying the plastic key marker when I see them!
     
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    I bought some adorable baby socks at the dollar store for my students to use as an eraser.
     
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    I thought the same thing about that pom pom pin when I saw it too. I was thinking how many caps would get lost, not to mention how much time it would take to glue those things on! My students keep their dry erase boards, erasers, and markers in their desks. I label everything, including the markers and the caps, with student numbers. I find it helpful, but a lot of my colleagues think THAT'S a waste of time. Oh, well. :)

    I saw a pin that I thought was cute, but ridiculous. They had made beautiful containers to store student work. There was no way I was going to make one for all of my students because I didn't have the time or the space. Then I realized it was from a home school site.:lol:
     
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    My local radio station just had people calling in to discuss pinterest projects that don't work :)

    I don't know that I'd spend the time doing it, but I understand the point of the project in the OP. I went through SO many markers last year b/c kids treated them like crap. Some of them would even push the ends of the markers in, so they became unusable, and I could almost never figure out who it was. For awhile I checked every time we collected them, but it wasted a lot of instructional time and would have gotten me blasted in walkthroughs. If I would have given them each their own to keep in their desk, they'd be stealing each others/losing them and swearing someone stole it. If they were labeled, that wouldn't be a problem. If you push in the end of the marker or keep drawing random stuff so it gets dried up, oh well...you get paper. I actually like the idea. I might do it if I was in regular ed this year...in sped I'll still use my markers/white boards but with only a handful of kids at a time it's easy to see right away if they're messing with them.
     
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    I bought black boy's socks from Target when they were on clearance. They work perfectly! The kids actually like putting them on their hands to erase.
     
  25. applecore

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    I saw the same thing!

    But then I went the direction of what my 3rd graders would do to the pom pom.

    Fluffy stuff all over the place.
     
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    My Mother in Law painted me a super cute stool with my name on it and she stapled a boa of feathers underneath it. It looked like I molted all year long. I would find yellow feathers all over my classroom. All the feathers are gone now and the stool is still cute without them, so they will not be replaced. I have a boa of feathers stapled around the front of my desk and they don't bother those. Go figure.
     
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    I agree with ya'll; that seems to be a lot of work for very little pay-off. BUT she sure is having fun!!! And experience is the best teacher, when it comes to figuring out these things!
     
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    So, if you don't want to buy socks... go to the craft center at Walmart or hit Joann's; find a fat quarter bundle (should have five coordinating fabrics that are 18x21 inches); cut each piece into four. Voila... erasers that last years!
     
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    I buy a few pieces of felt ($.35 each), cut them in quarters and use them for erasers. Cheap, take up little space, can be washed or just replaced, each year.
     
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    Ah, pinterest...it's a strange addiction. I never see much on there that I would use for HS, but I like it to collect project ideas for my personal life as well as handy tips such as a neat way to tie your earbuds up so they don't get tangled in your purse.

    My main issue with pinterest is that while you can get some great ideas, it can also leave you (or me at least) feeling inferior, seeing all these amazing, cute things people are doing and then realizing you have no time to do it all...kind of like looking at fashion magazines makes you feel like you need to go shopping. It's a vicious cycle ;)
     
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    I'm cracking up that I can understand this sentence! :p
     
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    My main issue with pinterest is that while you can get some great ideas, it can also leave you (or me at least) feeling inferior, seeing all these amazing, cute things people are doing and then realizing you have no time to do it all...kind of like looking at fashion magazines makes you feel like you need to go shopping. It's a vicious cycle ;)[/QUOTE]

    I agree! I'm going into my second year and this past year I loved pinterest because it gave me great ideas and got me thinking outside the box. However, I felt like I wasn't doing enough and my stuff wasn't cute enough and my room was neat enough and my anchor charts weren't artsy enough and I must have been somehow planning wrong because I don't have a teacher blog or TPT store....
     
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    I like looking at the ideas and adapting them for me to be easier or shortcutted. LOL!!! I like artsy stuff, but I don't want it to take all my time... I look at them and go, but if I used this it would cut my time down...

    Or I look and go people really do that for a birthday party...No way. I'd rather spend money & time somewhere else... Speaking mostly of stuff you use and pitch...
     
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    I actually did this, and it works! I put a clear coat on top, and it's been over a year. There is a bit of wear on one key, but other than that they still look awesome. I colour-coded the keys to match the doors (orange key opens orange door) and it makes it much easier when my arms are full or I'm in a hurry.
     
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    This thread prompted me to go take a look at Pinterest, and this is exactly how I felt! People who have classrooms that look like that must spend hours and hours on just that alone. I'd consider myself to be fairly organized, but not when I look at what others are doing! It's almost too overwhelming for me.
     
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    I raided the lost and found last year for those little finger mittens. Voila! Class set of white board erasers for free! The only problem is I was so stressed at the end of school I forgot to collect them back from the students - I think most went home :). Oh well, I think I have enough for this year.
     
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    I think the idea of labeling the markers make a lot of sense if you have a single group of kids. Some of them suck at putting the caps on and this makes them accountable.
     
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    :yeahthat: there are some great ideas for art projects and bullentin boards, but i shy away from classroom set up ideas because it feels like no two classes are created equal. like my room has no built in shelves, large window ledges, under window shelves and some of the other useful structures i see in the pintrest teachers pages.

    i always wonder if the teachers who make all these cutesy things with impeccable classrooms have the same high expectations as other schools. how many of their kids read agl, ogl and bgl. how many esol students or kids w/i.e.p's, behavior problems, emotional disturbance.

    whoops, going on a tangent. let me get off my soapbox

    i know these things are found in all schools, but in my experience it has been more prevalent in lower income areas.

    :yeahthat: plus i feel like school is becoming more and more about rigorous instruction and passing state exams then ''age appropiate activities'' so why should teachers be expected to focus their time on decorating things all cutesy? when i was in 1st grade, we took a half hour nap, our teacher had a rocking chair where we would lay on the floor listening to stories while visualizing and drawing our thoughts and we did a lot of handwriting practice, cutting and pasting activities.

    none of that would fly at my school, even the visualizing and drawing pictures. Our P expects the kids to write and not draw. shes threatened to ban crayons from classrooms several times :(
     
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    I really like Pinterest for inspiration, and I have found some great ideas for Christmas presents on there. But put it in perspective: many of the links take you to a blog that is maintained by someone who must be blogging full time. None (or very few) of these people could have other areas of their lives that are extremely demanding. Don't get me wrong -- I'm grateful that they have the time to share their creativity -- but the rest of us shouldn't feel inferior. We just have our priorities and responsibilities elsewhere. :)
     
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    I did this for my luggage keys and the matching locks. It saved so much time. Those keys are super small, and painting a strip of nail polish on it wasn't much.
     

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