5 Pinterest Collaborative Boards: Teaching & Education

I must confess that I am now an official Pinterest addict and I have spent more than an hour of my waking day to devote to building content of my awesome Pinterest teacher boards since its inception in November. The great news is that I'm now opening them up for collaboration!
What are Pinterest Collaborative Boards? They are actually boards on Pinterest that allow other pinners to pin content on the board. Yes, it's that plain and simple! I believe that I have great colleagues who are also Pinterest users (like YOU!) who would want to share pins centered around teaching and special education. Collaborative boards on Pinterest are a great way to share your information to other teachers and networkers, while also generating great back links to your blog or website.
My Pinterest boards are now open, please leave a comment on the latest post and I will certainly add you. Let's start sharing!
#1. Books and Reading Resources. This is all about the written word. Please leave me a comment on the most recent pin if you are interested in sharing your books and everything about books on this board.
#2 Great Ideas From Teachers. Need ideas for the kiddos? Get authentic teacher-made classroom resources, fun kid-friendly games, craftivities and more from our amazing teachers. If you want to share your awesome classroom pins, please leave me a comment on the most recent pin! We currently have 75 teachers collaborating on this board, join us!

#3 Social Media and Technology in Education. For social media savvy teachers, this board is for you! Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google + tips and tricks to make all of them grow and glow...follow this board! Let me know if you want to be a pinner to this board by leaving a comment on the most recent pin.

#4 100+ Education Quotes. Get your education quotes from the most political edreform sayings to the most inspirational wisdom laden and famous proverbs from this board! Same process, share your pins by leaving a comment on the most recent pin and I will add you as a collaborator.
#5 National Board Certification and Teacherpreneurship. When the going gets tough, what do you do? Here are some resources that you might need if you are going through the process of National Board Certification or are just looking for teaching standards and best practices for effective teacher leaders. If you have something to share about NBC or Teacherpreneurship, please leave a comment on the most recent post.



Although some of you may use Instant Messaging or other forms of electronic "talk," I want to establish some guidelines for using this Blog site right from the start because I view this site as a digital extension of our classroom. This means that any rules or expectations I have for you in the classroom are the same rules and expectations I have for you here in Cyberspace, with one main exception: Do Not Use Your Last Name on the Blog.

*First of all, be aware that I will be able to identify you through your email address. So think carefully about what you write and how you write.

*Second, be respectful. So, try not to write anything that would make people frightened, angry, upset or embarrassed. It's ok to ask thoughtful questions, even on sensitive subjects, but do so in tactful, polite manner.

*Third, keep it clean! Avoid swears and other topics that are inappropriate in a classroom setting. (Remember, this Blog is an extension of our classroom).

*Finally, if in doubt about writing what you're thinking, leave it out!

If you have any questions/concerns please let me know right away.

:) MS. ANGALA (contact me: Maria.Angala@dc.gov)

These policies are adapted from
The Electronic Pencil, run by Mr. Hodgson, sixth grade teacher, Southampton, Massachusetts. He is also a Teacher Consultant for Writing and the Technology Liaison for their local NWP site.

**** This is a class homepage I created for my students, an anthology of all their poems. This is still related to my art-literature based curriculum. I already talked to the parents about this and they reacted positively, as long as personal information be kept private and no identifiable photos be shown. The parents of these students were asked to sign a Parental Consent for Publication for me to continue publishing the students' wonderful poems and illustrations in this website.

***** This website is in compliance with the FORUM UNIFIED EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY SUITE.



Cathomas said...

Ms. Anagla,

Your students are good writers. Each one has a special way of telling the reader who they are and what they are thinking. I enjoyed the poem about the tsunami and the autobiographical poems. I could really identify with the young man who mentioned food in his poem. I like to eat too. I'll try to visit your site soon.


carol said...

This is so wonderful !!! Thanks for sharing and helping our children to continue to grow.

Carol Helton
DCPS Office of Special Education

karen said...

Just took a moment to leave a comment on one of the poems (will try to sprinkle a few more along the way). Congratulations on such a lovely gift your students have given us!

Karen L. McComas
Communication Disorders, Marshall University
Huntington, WV 25755-2634
URL: http://www.muwp.org/mccomas
IM: KLMcComas

larry said...


You keep on keepin' on. You are doing the right stuff. You even got me all fired up! I went deeper into the site and left a comment for Rafael E. Great poem!

Larry Barton
Red River Valley WP

gail said...

Thank you, Angala, for sharing the powerful work of your students. I hope the blog offers them rich opportunities for writing and for feeling part of a community of writers. Jeff's suggestion for a collaborative writing exchange sounds wonderful. I'll check back!

marie said...

Hi Maria,

The anthology is wonderful. I saw it tonight. Your kids must be extremely motivated and happy to have you as a teacher. Keep up the good work.

Marie Blake
DC Area Writing Project
Washington, DC
Howard University

danilo said...


Hi! Good job on the student site.

Danilo Baylen
Florida Writing Project
Writing Consultant/ Tech Liaison

paul said...

I enjoyed the blog, and your students' work, enormously, Maria!!! Thank
you for sharing such a fascinating project. Please let us know how your
students react to the comments, from each other and from the world at

Paul Oh
National Writing Project
Writing Consultant/ Tech Liaison

kevin said...


Beautiful job with the site and poems. I posted a number of responses. I really enjoyed the writing. I signed myself as Mr.Hodgson, sixth grade teacher, Southampton, Massachusetts -- but you can tell them that I run a blog site, too, for student writing.

What age levels are your students?Would you be interested in doing some sort of writing exchange through blog technology? Just a thought.

Great job
Kevin Hodgson
sixth grade teacher
Southampton Massachusetts WP
Writing Consultant/ Tech Liaison

nathan said...

Just wanted to say I really like the Digital Anthology site you
set up. I have put a link to it off of the DC Education Blog.

NATHAN, author
DC Education Blog

cathy echave said...

Dear Maria,

I have just gotten to view- and therefore, to read--your digital anthology for the first time today.

I enjoyed your student's anthology very much--especially your own introduction in which you refer to yourself as an accidental special education teacher. I think its terrific and that you should definitely continue to publish it. I look forward to receiving future editions and sharing them with my own students.

Thanks for doing this and for sharing it with me

...Kathy Echave
DC Area Writing Project
Writing Consultant

Janet said...

These students wrote from their heart and their writing was wonderful to read. Thanks for providing a way for them to share their creative ideas with us.

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WELCOME SY 2014-2015!

Teachers & parents tell me that this blog is like a "One-Stop-Shop", here's why ---

There are tons of lesson plans, printables, activity sheets and other resources that special education teachers can find in this blog! It's all for you to get the lil ones engaged in their seats and lovin' what they're doin'!

This blog is also our class portal to communicate information about our class, to archive course materials, to publish the course curriculum, syllabus, class rules, lessons, homework assignments, rubrics, and presentations. Yes, everything is in this blog for our students to review our lessons at home!

Parents love the transparency and the ability to access class materials in this blog. It's easy for parents to follow along as my students post their work. This holds true for their psychologists, social workers, general education teachers, and other special ed providers. This is another way for us to collaborate with the Multi-Disciplinary Team members of our students!

This class blog also serves as our students' e-portfolio. Our students collect the work they want to consider highlighting and then publish those that represent their best work. They then reflect on their work as they share them to their parents and teachers for positive comments and feedback. It's very easy for them to look back over their work and see the growth they've accomplished!

We invite you to please leave a message to our students. Beside the tiny envelope just after each entry is the comments link. Your positive feedback will surely encourage our students to do their best in school.

Thank you for visiting our class portal!