Teaching Strategies: 5 Exciting Ways to Use Pinterest

Social media offers up a variety of enlightening options for educators, but none offers up as much as that DIY social media show-and-tell forum named Pinterest.

For the uninitiated, Pinterest is a FREE, all-encompassing website containing thousands of educational ideas, including articles, teaching strategies, website links, blog links, Teacher Pay Teacher ideas, pictures, videos, and professional journals.

Today on TeachHUB.com, writer Jenny Starkmen, a library/media director in the Midwest, sings the praises of Pinterest in an informative article, in which she also points out various ways teachers can use Pinterest, including:
  • Apps/books
  • Blogs
  • Classroom activities
  • And more!

Jenny also offers up some concrete ways teachers can use Pinterest

How have you used Pinterest in the classroom? Share with us!

Homework and Parents: Purposes, Amounts, and Effects

No one can deny the positive benefits of parents being involved with homework. In addition to helping families bond with each other, parental involvement in homework also helps students develop good study habits, cultivates a positive attitude towards school, and helps parents and students realize that learning happens outside of school.

Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, who is also an experienced educator based in upstate New York, examines parental involvement in homework. In it she answers the following questions:
  • What’s the Purpose of Homework?
  • What Role Should Parents Play in Helping their Children?
  • And More!

In summation, Janelle says: “It’s important that parents understand the importance of homework, its purpose, the amount that is assigned and the consequences for if their child does not complete their assignment. Teachers play a critical role in helping parents become actively and effectively involved in their child’s homework. By letting parents know their role you are maximizing the benefit of homework for your students.”
How do you feel about homework in your classroom? Do you give it to your students?