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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Say hello to Teachers on Pinterest!

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We’re thrilled to announce an effort to support a community of creative, inspiring and hard-working people who make a difference to millions of kids everyday—teachers! We’ve teamed up with some brilliant elementary school teachers to launch Teachers on Pinterest, a hub where you’ll find everything from lesson plans for different grades, to classroom decorating ideas, and topics like fun with phonics. We’re also excited to work together with Edutopia—an online resource for educators—to build out the education-focused community on Pinterest.

Tons of teachers are discovering and sharing ideas on Pinterest. In fact, more than 500,000 education-related ideas are pinned each day. And, according to an annual survey by Edutopia, Pinterest is in the top five of professional development websites for teachers.

As we get started, we’re focusing on elementary school teachers, but we’ll only keep growing as more teachers get involved.

Look who’s pinning! Here are some of the star teachers we’ve teamed up with:

Preschool: Deborah of Teach Preschool

Kindergarten: Maria of Kinder-Craze

1st grade: Melissa of Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

2nd grade: Megan of Almost a Third Grader

3rd grade: Stephanie of 3rd Grade Thoughts

4th grade: Charity of Organized Classroom

5th grade: Mandy of Teaching with Simplicity

6th grade: John of Educator’s Life

Art: Donna

Classroom decor: Melanie of Schoolgirl Style

Classroom management: Patti of Tales from a 4th (and 5th) Grade Teacher

Home school: Jennifer of Home Grown Hearts Academy

Literacy: Jennifer of Hello Literacy

Math: Courtney of Mrs. Andersen’s Classroom

Science: Jenaya of Lesson Plan Diva

Also, check out Edutopia on Pinterest for more inspirational ideas!

If you’re a teacher, here’s how you can join us:

—Follow Teachers on Pinterest and start pinning from the boards! You can also comment and mention your colleagues on pins to start conversations.

—Send a pin! Find helpful pins and send them to fellow teachers.

—Share this blog post with your colleagues if you think they’ll be interested in teaching resources.

—Let us know how you’re using Pinterest in the classroom. We’d love to hear how we can make your experience even better. Sound off in the comments below, or share your experiences with us here. Please note that while we’ll read everything, we won’t be able to get back to every person. We appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback!

We’ll keep you posted with more updates in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, happy back to school pinning!

Mithya Srinivasan, PR Associate, Currently obsessed with pinning to words