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.


Letters from Students

SY 2007-2008

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.

[signed] Tory B.
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.

[signed] Keami
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!

[signed] Ethel B.
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!

[signed] Christina A.
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.

[signed] Michael W.
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.

[signed] Antioniqua P.

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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!