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 You have heard about Pinterest. Now, wait until you hear about Hinterest. Pinterest allows users to “pin” photos and videos of things they like to their pinboard and share them with everyone. Taking a cue from that popular website, Harlandale ISD’s Curriculum and Instruction staff developed Hinterest where teachers can share plans, lessons and ideas to positively impact student learning. The only difference is that Hinterest happens in a face-to-face environment.

 More than 100 teachers from 12 elementary schools took part in the inaugural Hinterest event on December 3 at the Boggess Center. Everywhere educators turned, there were tips. If students are having a hard time subtracting, teach them the subtraction poem. How do you effectively teach fractions? Try the mini-basketball in a cup game. Are your kids having problems remembering their multiplication table? No problem. Maybe a popcorn or cup stacking game will help them remember all those numbers.

 “I enjoyed the multitude of information that teachers were willing to share of what is beneficial in getting across an objective effectively to the students. It was great that these teachers shared so freely,” said Andriana Aguilar-Lapoint, teacher at Schulze Elementary School.

 The sharing was not just about math. There were also ideas on teaching science and language arts.

 “It was worth the drive back from home and picking up my son to drag him along (asleep),” Andriana Aguilar-Lapoint

 Bellaire Elementary really made the evening worth their time. The schools won $500 in supply money for having the most teacher participation.