The variety of pins on Pinterest never ceases to amaze me. Never. One minute I can log on and find a recipe for buttercream frosting, the next is a fun suggestion for classroom management. Given the number of things us teachers have to focus on, the variety is a godsend. I don’t always directly use what I pin; sometimes I use it for inspiration. That’s why I love being a part of this Pick 3 Linky hosted by PAWSitively Teaching and Inspired Owls Corner–because they make me cull through my pins and see which ones I can truly use.
This month’s pins are going to be used over the next two months in my 7th grade class as-is. After spring break ends ;-( we’ll be together for about a week before the second round of PARCC testing begins. In that time, I will be introducing the novel Wonder (one of my absolute favorites–what about you) and we’ll do a little bit of introductory reading before we’re separated. If you’ve ever tried to teach students a novel or any longer piece of work or content with a big break in the middle, you know getting their attention back on task and immersed in the actual work is as simple as herding cats. Wild, feral cats 😉 These Pinterest ideas are just what I need to make sure our time together brings Wonder to life.
Choose Kind bulletin board by Esther Uribe on Twitter
I love the inclusion of the postcards on the bulletin board. I can’t make out what they say, but what I see are spaces for students each day to come into class and reflect on a moment of kindness they showed someone in the day before. We can put them on sticky notes, or each kid can have their own card for listing their deeds. I think the message of kindness needs to be repeated every single day in middle school since attention spans and temptations for other behavior are so prevalent.
Wonder background information by Brian Wilhorn at Help Readers Love Reading
I really, really wish there was a better image to pin for this reference. I can’t help but wonder how many times I skipped over it on Pinterest just thinking it was the book cover. It isn’t–it is SO much more. Brian has created an utterly amazing resource for each chapter/section of Wonder to help readers connect to the text and help build background knowledge by providing relevant images, songs, websites and other online links kids can visit and read themselves. Trust me on this–please check it out if you teach Wonder or even want to give students some related reading if they read it on their own.
Celebrating the Wonder of Wonder at Nerdy Book Club
I pinned this one because I like the idea of having students compliment each other. We just don’t do enough with building student egos through their peers. But when I checked out the page, I found all kinds of other interesting ideas for Wonder–and so will you.