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.


Positive Referral: Recognition That Works

I read about this classroom behavior management strategy in a book: "Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide". Since my classroom is a "Positive Zone" and I am using a lot of positive reinforcement techniques, I decided to adapt this POSITIVE REFERRAL in communicating with the parents of my students.

The adage "The squeaky wheels get the grease" too often holds true in schools. In many schools, many misbehaving students get the bulk of the staff's attention. In such a climate, educators can easily overlook students' positive behaviors.

Students gain special recognition when they do something positive - in or out of the classroom - that benefits the school or community. My students' parents get a phone call from me whenever their child does something good in class. Then they get an "End of Advisory Certificate of Recognition" which gives them plus Pride Points from their homeroom teachers. The certificates remain posted in the class bulletin board until the Parent Teacher Conferences wherein their parents personally pick up the certificate of recognition.

This program in my class is to give recognition and focus more on positive behaviors. The criteria for behaviors worthy of positive referral are open- ended to allow as many as possible to be recognized.

It is a great way to recognize the little things that happen that help make a great environment. This program has been newly implemented this school year but the students and parents are showing positive response to this.


Tangible Reinforcers
certificates of recognition

Activity Reinforcers
hall passes
display work
do artwork
sharpen pencils
independent study activity
work in "quiet corner"
computer time
play board games/ card games
watch videos
preferred sitting
work with a peer on a classwork

Help the Teacher
Construct bulletin boards
pass out materials
collect papers
do research on the internet
tutor othe students
take attendance
arrange furniture
clean the classroom
use the computer

Social Reinforcers
smiles, nods, hugs
certificate of merit
wink, eye contact
positive comments on papers
positive non verbal gestures
drawings on papers, smiling faces
pats on the back
check marks
being asked opinions, advice

Letters/ positive referrals to parents
work displayed photograph posted on Bulletin Boards

Intrinsic Reinforcers
Meeting goals
Learning (for the sake of learning)
relaxation, quiet time in the classroom
novelty, surprises
feeling of success
enjoyment of their work posted
self improvement
having options, alternatives
self awareness
constructive feedback

The homevisits also introduced me to the community that my students live in. I was able to talk in a casual way to the family members and get to know my students in a more personal way. I can positively see that this will create a good working relationship with the parents of my students.

Source: Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide: Practical Strategies, Management Techniques, and Reproducibles for New and Experienced Teachers


wheatdogg said...

Ms Angala -- I am very impressed by your students' poetry. I can tell they are speaking from their hearts. My blog is about science, technology and society. You're welcome to visit anyway.

adam m. said...

Ms. Angala:

My name is Adam Maksl and I am a graduate student and freelance journalist at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. I am writing an article talking about blogs and how they are being used positively in education. I saw your posting on the NWP blog project site. I also took a look at your students’ “Digital Anthology” blog. I would like to talk to you about your use of blogs in teaching.

I would like to talk to you over the phone for this story. Would you have time during the next few days when I might be able to call you? Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you.

Adam M.
Graduate Student
Department of Journalism
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

cathy said...


I think Kanisha and Tra's poetry convey my emotions today. I seem to be going through a haze as I cope with end of the year events on my job. It is only by reflecting on who I am that I have been able to emerge into the light. Please encourage these talented students to continue to share their thoughts. They certainly brightened my day.

Catherine Thomas

susan said...

I tried to contact you through your blog but was unsuccessful. Perhaps I need a tutorial. Anyway, I wanted to say that I kiss your feet and the feet of your students. This amazing prose needs to come together into a book. Let's seriously publish. I'm in! Tell your students they're stars!


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Your blogging passion brought me here.
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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!