Bored with "Find Someone Who"? Tired of "2 Truths, 1 lie"? Yawning over "Get to Know You Surveys"? Chance are, your students are, too. Let's see how to revamp these ice breakers for the 21st century learners in your classroom!
There will be mixed ideas, some for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, high school, GAFE schools, etc. Find what applies to you or modify it to make it still work for you!
This is only a sampling of what you can do. If you have some other go-to ice breakers you love, let's hear about them below!
This may seem like a no-brainer for some of you, but for others, I'm sure your wondering why I am suggesting Pinterest. I talked about this back in January, but I wanted to include some more information about it now.
Pinterest is a world of wonder that can make you lose hours of your day without realizing it. You find one thing you are interested in and lose yourself in websites galore. Then it leads you to something else, getting lost in that next. The web it weaves is intense, but so worth it!
Many of us use Pinterest for our personal needs, looking up cute classroom decor, meal ideas, clothing we wished we owned, gift ideas...the list goes on and on. But this genius website can be ideal for teachers to use for reaching out to families.
How many times have we searched Pinterest for lesson ideas? Probably more times than we care to admit. How many times has a parent contacted the teacher for ideas of what to do to help at home? Again, probably more times than we can count. This is where Pinterest can help.
When you sign up for Pinterest, I recommend keeping your personal account separate from your classroom account. Parents don't care what clothing you hope to wear this spring or how to poach an egg. Keep it separate.
Create boards that revolve around particular skills in your classroom, "Vowel sounds", "Multiplication", "Civil War", etc. Then pin the websites to those boards. Here are boards...
These are the pins on my boards...
You can embed your Pinterest account on your website.
Or provide the link for parents. This is a great way to provide them with resources to use at home! Let me know if you have any questions about using Pinterest for your classroom. I have had a couple of teacher friends do this after I talked to them about it, and they said it was very well-received by parents. Make this a goal for the next school year!
Check out my page on Pinterest!
Wedding hair, recipes for that chicken you bought at the store, clothing you wish you had in your closet, books you want to read, hilarious memes...all reasons we use Pinterest. What if I told you that you could be using Pinterest to reach out to families of your students?
This does not have to be linked to your personal Pinterest account! By signing up for a fresh account you could make boards that could be followed by families in your classroom. Then when you get emails expressing interest in extra practice pages, websites, games, etc, you can direct them to your Pinterest page! Take mine for example: http://www.pinterest.com/hallsvilletech/ This page is made for teachers. I try to make it specific to teachers/subjects in my district. Then when I know they are working on a certain unit, I place pins that I feel would be beneficial to them, on the board pertaining to them!
Here are some examples of teacher Pinterest pages that would be for families:
I plan to share a couple of others once I get their pages sent to me. I would LOVE to help you get started on a Pinterest page of your own. I would even be willing to get some of the pinning started!
GREAT JOB, Cindy Muckerman!!
She created her Speech and Language Pinterest Page. Check it out!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom