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.


Ms. Angala's Classroom 2006-2008

CLASSROOM SY 2007-2008
I have created an interactive learning environment that emphasizes inquiry, discovery, and problem solving. My student-centered classroom is a showcase of the professional development trainings and workshops I have attended from the day I started teaching: differentiated instruction, integrating technology in the classroom, standards based classroom, cooperative learning, scaffolding, writer's workshop, interactive reading and writing, etc... My classroom communicates high expectations for all my students regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or disabilities. I provide opportunities for my students to work in their areas of strength and receive recognition.

- Use of manipulative, visuals and concrete materials
- use of technology to facilitate teaching and learning
- use of multi-sensory approach for delivery of instruction
-assessment is a regular part of instruction
-promotes student self assessment
-materials are relevant to curriculum
- lessons and curriculum are aligned to standards
- display of student work, hands-on/tactile learning
-integration to other subjects
-use student work samples to monitor and document student progress
-maintainance of assignment notebooks
- journal writing, portfolios
- promotes student self-assessment
- monitors student learning both formally and informally
-use student work samples to document and monitor student progress
-organized physical space
-varied use of physical space
- easy transitions through multiple activities
-groups and regroups students in a variety of learning situations
-organized physical space
-varied use of physical space
-easy transitions through multiple activities
-students work on related computer software (Kidspiration Software, Audacity Software)
-use technology to facilitate teaching and learning
-use of learning centers (Technology Center)
-integrating technology in the classroom (I ask them to type in microsoft word and publish poems and stories on the class blog)
- use of learning centers (Writing Center)
- resource area for the writing process
-display of student work
- collaborative poems, collaborative writings
- connects new learning to what students already know
- cooperative learning
-differentiated instruction
-use student work samples to monitor and document student progress

- connects learning to student present lives
- the writing process, writing workshop
- multi-sensory learning
- student work displayed
-multi-disciplinary connections
- use student work samples to monitor and document student progress


Greeting! I am Tory, 8th grade student in Ms. Angala’s class.
Ms. Angala is nice because she teaches me everything I need to know. She is smart too. She helps us with our classwork, and she is hard working too. She is good to me and the whole class, she is like a mother to me. She takes good care of us, she talks to us from the heart and we all listen to her. She comes to my house and talks to my mother. We make PTC invitations and Back-to-School Nights invitations and puts it in the envelope and mails them to our home address. My mother is just so happy to get the mails, and to see the stars in my notebooks. Ms. Angala gives us homework everyday and she is helping us to be smart and be somebody someday.


I am Keami, 8th grade student in Ms. Angala’s class.
Ms. Angala is fun. Every Friday Funday she lets us eat in her class when we’re hungry while watching a good video when we do well during the week. When we turn in our homework with parent’s signature, we get stars or a prize. Ms. Angala lets us do art all the time when we’re doing Math, Reading, Science or Geography; we also play on the computer with Math and Reading games.


Greetings! I am Ethel, 8th grade student in Ms. Angala’s class.
Ms. Angala is a great teacher. She gives us homework everyday; and I always want to do my homework and have my mom signs it because she gives us stars for hard work. We get a special prize like a pizza for every 5 stars during Friday Funday. We learn how to get along with each other in class like a family. We always have fun together because we play a lot of games and computer Math and Reading together. Ms. Angala is very creative. Our classroom is very nice and has a lot of things that we made in class.
Most of all, Ms. Angala is nice to me. I love Ms. Angala!


Ms. Angala is a good teacher. She teaches us to do Math and do times table. We play board games that make her lesson fun. We play on the computer some Math, Reading and Arts games. I always do my homework; I always have my mom sign it; she gives us stars and pizza for hard work. I like getting stars in Ms. Angala’s class because it makes me feel like a good student. We do a lot of stuff in Ms. Angala’s class.
Ms. Angala is really my best teacher!


I am Michael, 8th grade student in Ms. Angala's class.

Ms. Angala is a good teacher to me. The class is good to Ms. Angala too. Ms. Angala’s classroom is funny and nice, everyone is helpful to each other.
Ms. Angala helps us with our class works. Ms. Angala is nice to all of us students. We all listen to Ms. Angala, and we respect her. She gives us stars for our homework done. She lets us help in the class like cleaning the board, passing out the papers and pencils. We help each other in the class, we are like a family.
Ms. Angala comes to my home to talk to my mom and dad about how I am doing in class. I am doing very well this time, she knows that. I like Ms. Angala’s class.


I am Antoniqua, 8th grade student in Ms. Angala’s class.

Ms. Angala is a nice teacher. She is always a nice lady. She shares with others. She helps us learn and she is always honest. She talks about a lot of things. She is a good artist. She works so hard and comes to school everyday to help us. Sometimes she is funny. She knows how to dress and she is clean. She takes care of her child and her husband. She is a real talent in any way. She works very hard in this classroom. She is trying a lot of things to get us out of special ed, helping us to be really smart and be somebody someday.
And that is why I like my teacher, Ms. Angala.


SY 2007-2006

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Bianca H.: Jefferson PRIDE Awardee &

DCPS Most Improved Student Awardee (click here)

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Most Distinguished Educator Awardee (click here)

A student seriously working on his assigned activity for the day
Collage and writing activity on their "Dreams, Wishes, & Ambitions"
Collaborative Poetry: is a usual writing activity in my class, this time about their Mothers as a way to show how much they appreciate their moms.
Certificates of Recognition: positive reinforcer as a behavior management strategy in my class
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the moms of my students!
These cards are handmade by them
My Curriculum Web, some storybooks and board games
Reading Center with dictionaries & pocketbooks
Students poems with illustrations displayed

CyberJournalism workshop in my classroom
Study buddies during a Christmas writing activity
Christmas spirit with my student
Halloween fun with my co-teacher

Writing after a collage activity
My students showing off their artistic prowess
At work and in play with my students

Halloween spirit with my students
Halloween spirit with my students
Halloween arts project and their related poems
Busy with technology after their classwork
Valentine surprises my students made with their poems
Students' poems and reflections on the bulletin board

Creative photo and profile of my students
Cllage and reflective write up about Hurricane Katrina
Fantastic painting on tornadoes and hurricanes


Mr. A's Blogging Extravaganza said...

Ms. Angala,

I am an English/Language Arts teacher in NW Ohio. I am writing my thesis (Bowling Green State University) about "Motivating Writing Through Student Blogging" and found this quote you wrote:

Maria Lourdes Angala, TL from the DC Area Writing Project, posted this story about teens and blogging
"My students were hesitant writers when they started out with me during the first days of the school year. They could not even start writing a poem or a story with a given topic. It was a struggle for them to write. I also noticed that their vocabulary is very limited to simple words. ... But technology opens new opportunities for helping children to learn the rudiments of grammar and composition, while encouraging them to share their work to each other and to the whole world. Then an idea integrating this into my curriculum dawned to me. The publishing of my students’ works through our class website and our school website positively motivate them to write better each time…”

Though I haven't found this quote on your blogg, I feel it expresses much of what I'm trying to say in my thesis. May I use it as real-life, teacher reinforcement for what I'm trying to say in my thesis? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Jay Ackerman
Teacher of English/Language Arts
Sylvania Schools
Sylvania, Ohio


Hi Jay,

Sure you can! I'm glad I can be of help to you. Here's where that
line is from:


You may quote some more (of course just acknowledge me *wink).


Terri J. said...

Hello. I used your web page for one of my assignments in my Technology for Teachers Class. I am working toward my Education Degree. I had to explore some teacher's web pages to learn from them. I have one question to ask you. Our teachers tell us not to put the students names or the students pictures on the internet. I noticed that you have both on your site. What is your opinion on this? Is this just an isolated thing that is being taught to us at this one particular school? What did your school teach about this?

Thanks for providing us with your website. It is a great tool for us to learn from.


Terri J. said...

Ms. Angala. I forgot to give you my email address to reply to me.

Terri J.

karen said...

Ms. Angala,

I’m just so proud that a Filipina is excelling in the field of Special Education in US. I am very much impressed with your accomplishments. I hope and I pray that I will make it too someday, just like what you are right now. We share the same passion in teaching exceptional children but as compared to your expertise, I’m still nobody. I am just a budding special educator, having barely 10 months of experience. FYI, I am currently working in a non-stock, non-profit special school here in the Philippines, particularly in the Bicol Region. I simply enjoy every moment being with my exceptional kids. I hope that we could exchange some ideas, or should I say, you could share some effective teaching strategies in behavior modification if you have any spare time to do so.
I’m looking forward for your great sharings/suggestions/ideas.

Thank you so much.
God bless you.(^_^)

Kaye Aguila
SpEd Teacher

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!