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.


"I Am" poem

- self introduction "Getting to Know You" game. Try to find at least ONE classmate in the room who fits into the following categories (refer to this activity sheet). When you find someone have that classmate put his/ her initials in the correct box. The object is to get as many sets of initials in every box as you can.
We are going to write the "I Am" poem. An "I Am" poem is a good way to focus on our own characteristics. This is a poem that can be used to describe any character, setting, idea or concept found in literature from language arts, social studies, science, math, and art. It is a wonderful way to learn about nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Use two adjectives in each line if possible.

Here's how to do it:
I am (two special characteristics)
I wonder (something you are actually curious about)
I hear (an imaginary sound)
I see (an imaginary sight)
I want (an actual desire)
I am (the first line of the poem restated)
I pretend (something you actually pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)
I touch (an imaginary touch)
I worry (something that really bothers you)
I cry (something that makes you very sad)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)
I understand (something you know is true)
I say (something you believe in)
I dream (something you actually dream about)
I try (something you really make an effort about)
I hope (something you actually hope for)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)
Perhaps one of the most fascinating tools that has emerged from the Internet cloud in recent years is the Blog. A shortening of the term Web log, the Blog is an online publishing tool that enables people to easily publish their loves, passions, dislikes, peeves, discoveries, and insights.
Thousands of teachers have discovered the value of classroom blogging, both as an avenue for their communications, but also as a tool for giving voice to what their students are learning and how they are learning. We will be using a class blog as our class portal and as a tool for collaborating with each other and expressing your voice.
Blogging Responsibly
At end of the lesson, students will:
- Recognize the potential dangers of irresponsible blogging
- Write an "Acceptable Blog Use" policy for our class
- Be ready to begin the responsible use of blogs in our class.
Reading Material:
- Students will pick up printout of the reading as they enter class
- Read and markup the packet
- Rearrange room for Socratic Seminar.
- Seminar #1
- What are some of the potential dangers of blogging discussed in these articles? Which of these concerns are legitimate? Why or why not? What other dangers are there in blogging that were not discussed in the articles?
- Seminar #2
- What type of situations should our class blog policy cover? What are appropriate consequences for breaking the policy?
- After the seminar, students will get in groups of 3-4, and come up with a list of 3 rules they feel should be included in our class blog policy. They also will have to come up with consequences
- Students put rules on the board
- What rules are we missing? (This will just be brainstorming...no shooting ideas down). What rules do you disagree with? (Disagreements will be put to a majority vote)
Follow up: I will type of the policy, and have students sign a copy of it the following class.
1. Each of you will set up and maintain your own personal weblog using the Blogger service. You are free to use your blog in whatever way you want, though you should keep in mind that it will be read by faculty and other students in this class (and potentially by anyone in the world with a net connection). You are encouraged to think about your blog as something that you will continue to use after this course is over. Feel free to write about interesting (or mundane) things that you're doing that are unrelated to the course, and to express your likes and dislikes about TV, movies, books, music, food, relationships, politics... whatever moves you.
*** Your "I Am" poem that you wrote in this class today will be your first blog entry.
By July 31, you will look back over your postings and nominate (by specifying the date posted) five postings you made over the course of the summer that best represent your thoughtful reflections on these issues. You should also point to an additional five postings in which you have responded to postings made by others in the class.
You will receive a grade based equally on these three dimensions:
- the quality of the writing (be yourself, but model good grammar, spelling and flow)
- the degree to which your writing shows thoughtful reflection
- regularity. You are expected to blog at least once per week.This assignment counts for extra credit to your course grade.

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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!