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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Rules for Pinning!


My kinders have always loved pinning activities, and my daughter is loving it at the moment too!

I just made this 'Penguin Love' pinning page for her, and would love to share it with you.

One thing that I LOVE is visuals. I have to say, I do struggle to really teach something well, if I do not have a 'visual' of some sort to go along with it. When I introduce new activities and procedures in my classrooms, I find things go very smoothly if I have taken the time to explain the rules and procedures that go along with the activity, before we commence. If I do not have 'visuals' ready made, I often 'act it out' and create a little action scenario for the students to watch. Another approach is to take photos. I use photos of positive and correct procedures to manage student behaviour, and keep them in the bottom drawer of my Core Drawers.  I find that sometimes, little kinder minds are overloaded with TOO MUCH LANGUAGE! A picture, as they say, tells 1000 words. As soon as a picture comes out, I can see my little friends nod in recognition - they REALLY understand!

It also helps them to organise their thoughts, and put the various points you are talking about into an easy-to-process logical sequence. 

Today, I made some visuals for "Pinning Rules".

These have been on my to do list for a long time, and now that I find drawing pictures on the computer a lot easier - they have finally come to life! 

These visuals will help you to have a discussion with your students about the way you want them to behave when using pins in the classroom. I always start out, in discussions of these sort, by saying something like "Today, you might like to join in a very special activity. IF you want to do the activity, you need to follow some special rules. The only way you can do this activity, is by following these rules. IF you cannot do these things, you will not be able to complete the activity".... that way my students know right form the-get-go, that 'this is the way it its done".

I have found that in my classroom, it is easier to start things 'tightly monitored', and then 'let go' a little, than to start with no rules and then try to tame the chaos. I hope that makes sense. 

There are 4 main rules in my pinning activities.

1. The sharp part of the pin ALWAYS points down. This is the case when you are holding it, using it, or putting it away. It never points out, or towards another person.

2. We always sit to pin. Students must be sitting down to begin and complete their activity. 

3. The pin goes in paper only. We do not poke our pin into ANYTHING else!

4. Put your pin away. This is a very important one. Immediately after the pinning page is complete, the pin goes back in the tub. This will stop pins from ending up on the floor and in a shoe!


You may find that after a discussion like this, the mood of the class is somewhat 'down'. Children do not tend to eagerly await a discussion about rules. I lighten things up, by adding a few laughs to the discussion, but then bringing it back to a mention of the seriousness of safety. Also, point out to your students how happy the children are in the posters. Tell them that they are happy because they are having fun, and at school, fun comes when you follow the rules! 

I found these GIANT pokey pins this week!! SO in LOVE!


I would like to offer these posters, to you, my very special blog followers, for FREE for a very short time! So head over to TpT now to grab them. Click on the image below.




You can also grab the Penguin Love pinning page from Google Drive by clicking on the image below!


Find more fun pinning pages in my TpT store HERE

2 comments:

mande177 said...

Hi Mel
Just recently purchased all of your pinning sheets. Thanks so much for these posters. Can you let us know where you got the giant pins?
Thanks Mel

OkinawanGirl Lisa said...

This looks like a lot of fun! I will definitely have to try this out. I previously had students hammer golf tees into huge pieces of foam and they loved that. This seems like a less messy version of that!

Thanks for sharing,

Lisa