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How to Leverage Pinterest to up Your Math Game

And why you’ll never look at pool noodles the same way again

Pinterest is a great place to collect inspiration for a vast array of things—from what to make for dinner tonight to how to extract a splinter using just a wide-mouthed bottle and some hot water. But, is the home of “swineapple” recipes and life hacks really a good place to curate instructional insights for your classroom? You bet, especially if you do your homework and mind the rabbit hole (try not to get sidetracked).

According to recent survey findings published by the RAND Corporation, 86 percent of elementary teachers and 63 percent of secondary teachers say they regularly peruse Pinterest for ideas to augment their curriculum. In fact, for an increasing number of teachers, Pinterest has become their go-to source for creative lesson plans, inspirational classroom decorations, and timesaving teaching tips. Why?

Pinterest appeals to the MacGyver in us all

MacGyver, a TV series that first aired in the 1980s, followed the adventures of a particularly resourceful secret agent known for his uncanny ability to quickly improvise elaborate solutions to life-or-death situations using only a handful of ordinary objects—usually a Swiss Army knife, duct tape, and matches. In fairness, teachers are the original MacGyvers—they’re routinely asked to solve complex problems with decidedly limited resources. And, while knives and matches are clearly off the table—everything from plastic plates to Lego® sets are fair game on Pinterest.

Pinterest is an inexhaustible resource for some of the cleverest teaching hacks you’ll ever come across. Looking for a way to make fractions fun? Try pool noodles. Having trouble communicating the concept of area and perimeter? Look no further than your classroom window. Want to approach sixth-grade geometry from a new angle? The door to fresh ideas is wide open. You can find all of these math class activities and other everyday examples of ingenuity pinned to our own DreamBox Pinterest board. If you like what you see, we encourage you to click the red FOLLOW BOARD button in the upper right hand corner to add our curated classroom ideas to your feed. In the meantime, have fun—and happy pinning.

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