How to Claim Your Blogger Site on Pinterest

Sunday, December 30, 2018 No comments
So you have a blog... And you have a Pinterest account... But now you want to claim your website on your Pinterest account to further promote your brand and network. It can seem like a daunting task, especially if you're not used to working with HTML or code. I've compiled a step-by-step process for you to follow to easily claim your website!

Click on the images to enlarge them and be sure to let me know if you have any additional questions about the process.

1. Go to settings in your Pinterest account. Click on "Claim" in the left sidebar or scroll down. Type in your web address and click on the red "Claim" button.

2. Pick claim option: "Add HTML tag." Copy the text and then head over to your Blogger account.

3. From this screen, press the gray "Edit HTML" button underneath the preview of your blog.

4. Find <head> in the HTML code and paste the code from Pinterest after the ">" (pressing enter and pasting it on the next line works just fine). Click on the orange "Save theme" button on the top. (After this step, I always suggest people view their blogs to make sure nothing was inadvertently changed in the editing process.)

5. Go back to Pinterest, click "Next" and then "Submit." I received my verification email (after doing this process again just now) in about two minutes.

Note: When your website is verified, you will have a little "verified site" symbol next to your site address on your Pinterest profile. It will let everyone know your site is claimed! Congrats!

I can only improve and help others with feedback, so please let me know if any of the steps were unclear or didn't work for you! I'd be happy to provide additional assistance or add directions if something is confusing. Thanks so much for visiting!

Happy Teaching!

Task Card Activities & Ideas

Monday, December 17, 2018 No comments

There are many ways to use task cards in your classroom that can fit your students’ needs. My sets always include 32 task cards per pack (eight 4-card pages) to work with many students and easily differentiate your instruction. Some activities use the task cards digitally, but I always suggest printing, laminating, and cutting your set of task cards to get the most use out of them!

🌟 Activities for Your Whole Class 🌟

Tasks Around the Room

Place your cards around the room (on desks, tables, windowsills, walls, chairs, floor, etc.) and have students search for them. As they discover each card, they answer the question and write their responses on their answer sheets. Either collect and review or correct together.

Bellwork or Exit Ticket

Display a page of four task cards to your students at the beginning of the day as morning work or at the start of a specific subject for extra practice. Go over the answers before you begin your daily lesson. (Or use as an exit ticket at the end of your lesson.)

Problem of the Day

Especially great for math task cards, pick a card each day for students to answer at their seats. Great for the beginning of the lesson or for an extra time-filler if an activity doesn’t take as long as planned.

Test-Prep Review Game

Incorporate task cards in a review game, such as Jeopardy. Instead of having to create your own questions for each topic, use task cards to review important concepts. I would recommend using multiple topics in a given subject area.

Interactive Whiteboard Quiz

Display the task cards on your interactive whiteboard (four at a time) and give your students a few minutes to jot down their answers on their answer sheet. Continue throughout all pages and then collect and grade as a quiz.

Playground Tasks

Place task cards around a playground or yard (inside cones or boxes works great!) and have students complete their answer sheets (clipboards are helpful here) while enjoying some time in the great outdoors!

Document Camera Game

Display each task card one at a time using your document camera. Have students write their answers on their individual whiteboards. Countdown “3, 2, 1… Show me!” and quickly assess the students’ answers.

🌟 Activities for Small Groups & Partners 🌟

Group Center

Have your students complete the task cards together in small groups and write their answers on the provided answer sheet. Assign each student a different color to write their answers in (flair pens really get them excited!) so you know who wrote each answer.

Multiple-Topic Centers

Pick different sets of task cards for each group to rotate through during center time. Great for days when your daily schedule is revised or if you have a substitute teacher in your room.

Quiz Me, Quiz You

Have partners take turns quizzing each other using the task cards. Include the answer key so they can easily check each other’s answers (great for challenging topics that may require an answer key).

Read, Write, Switch

Have a partner read each task card while the other writes his/her answers down. Switch jobs and then compare answers. (Due to possible time constraints, divide task cards into groups of 8 in bags prior to activity).

Task Card Relay Race

Have students line up in groups across from a row of desks. Have task cards on each team’s designated desk. Each group member writes their answer down and goes to the back of the line. The first group to finish (with correct answers) wins!

Take a Turn Per Task

Have students play a given board game in small groups or with a partner, but in order to earn a turn in the game, they must answer a task card correctly.

Teacher’s Center

Want a quick assessment for your guided reading group or math group? Go through a set of task cards together and see how your students are handling new concepts, review old concepts, or see what they already know about a new topic.

🌟 Independent Activities 🌟

Individual Learning Center

Hole-punch task cards and bind together for easy flipping and responding to task cards. Have students write their responses on their answer sheets and turn in for you to review.

Fast-Finishers Activity

If you have students who complete their work quickly, task cards can be ready-to-go for them. I suggest organizing them by subject and topic. They can record their answers, then self-check with the provided answer key.

Review of Formerly-Learned Concepts

Print 4-card pages and put in a binder or three-prong folder (plastic sheet protectors work great for this!) for students to independently review past concepts throughout the year. Works great for reviewing for exams or unit tests.

Journal Tasks

Print enough task cards for each of your students. Have them cut and paste them into a notebook, then respond to them right on the page. (This works especially well for writing prompts or math problems.)

Pocket Chart Tasks

Place your task cards in a pocket chart in your room. Allow students to complete throughout a week (possibly during center rotations or free time) and assign a due date. 

Task Card Tutors

If you have students who need extra help in a specific area, have classroom volunteers or private tutors review those concepts with them using task cards. Your students will feel like they’re playing a game instead of doing another tedious worksheet with pencil and paper!


If you give homework, sending home task cards can be a great way to have your students review concepts outside of school. I’d suggest a check-out system to hold your students accountable for whatever materials they are borrowing from you (or print B&W copies only).

Want these ideas as an easy-to-print PDF? 

Easy Holiday Writing Project

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 No comments

Looking for a ready-to-go holiday writing project for your students? The Helping Hand Mitten lets your students think of ways they can help out this holiday season while completing a fun art project at the same time! Below are some suggestions on how to do the project in your classroom.

Personal Writing Project to Display in Classroom

  • Invite your students to describe how they can help a friend or family member this holiday season. Have them complete the sentence, “I can help…” Display the decorated mitten in your classroom or hallway gallery.

Holiday Gift

  • Have your students write multiple ways they can help a parent, grandparent, friend, or family member this holiday season. Have them present the completed mitten as a gift. (Laminate or mount on construction paper.)
  • Create a book out of multiple mittens for a family gift.

“World Helper” Writing Project

  • Have your students brainstorm ways they can help to make the world a better place. For example, pick up litter, recycle, donate clothes, volunteer in the community. Have them include ways they can help and the results they think the world would experience from their efforts.

Great Gift Ideas for Teachers

Sunday, December 9, 2018 1 comment

It’s such a busy time of year for everyone with the holidays coming. One thing on a lot of parents’ to-do list is buying gifts for their children’s teachers. But sometimes it’s easier said than done. What is the best thing to get the person who teaches your child, who takes care of them six hours a day, five days a week, ten months out of the year?

You want something memorable... You want something useful... You want something to show how much you appreciate everything they do for your kids. 

If you’re having a tough time thinking of something for a teacher in your life, here are a few ideas...

Give Yourself a Break, Mom

Friday, December 7, 2018 No comments
Before I had kids, I never thought I'd childproof my home. I thought childproofing was taking an easy way out and a lazy way to parent. I found it obnoxious when I'd go over to someone's house and see them fight with a cupboard lock or a doorknob cover. Instead of teaching a child that something is dangerous or not for them, you just lock it up?

Well, yeah.

Now that I have a very active and curious toddler, I have a different perspective on things. While I try to teach him that cleaning supplies in the cupboard under the kitchen sink are not for him, I'll admit that he still wants to get the dish soap out. Even though he knows that he shouldn't be touching the DVD player or wireless router in our entertainment center, he still wants to open up the glass doors and touch all of the electronics with the blinking lights. When I have a candle burning in the bathroom and I tell him it's hot and he shouldn't touch, he still wants to see the tiny flame, point to it, and say, "hot! hot!"

So I now have a lock on my cupboards, doorknob covers on certain doors, and baby gates up in certain doorways. Is it because I'm a lazy parent? Is it because I don't watch my kids? Not at all. It's about their safety. It's because I've learned that it takes Cameron 20 seconds to open five doors and end up somewhere he shouldn't be. It's because I know that if I don't keep him away from certain things, he could get hurt without even trying.

The doorknob covers still annoy me to no end, but at least I have some peace of mind with them on.

So if you find yourself childproofing your house when you never imagined you would, give yourself a break. You're not a bad parent. In fact, you're a better one because you're keeping your kids safe.