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.


Week 3 (English 1)

WARM UP: Journal Entry (Autobiographical Narrative)
Mon: A tradition is a special ritual shared by a group of people. Families and groups of friends practice traditions throughout the year. These traditions might have to do with holidays, celebrations, food, the season, or quirky family practices that have been passed down from generation to generation. Is there a tradition that you share with your family or friends? Describe it.
Tue: Which animal do you think you resemble most closely? Consider quiet, retiring animals like mice; bold and fearless ones like lions; eager, friendly ones like dogs; and finicky, secretive ones like cats. Consider your appearance, your personality, and the way you move. Then write about the animal with which you feel a kinship, explaining how you are similar in personality, characteristics, and/or physical features.
Wed: you probably share a basic outlook on life with your friends. However, most people have a feaw beliefs that would shock their friends. Write about a belief of yours that annoys or surprises the people who are close to you.
Thu: To the naked eye it looks like junk, but you know it's presious: the beat-up stuffed animal you slept with every night as a kid, the raggedy baseball mitt you used in Little League, the tooth you couldn't bear to throw away after it fell out. Choose a beloved object from your own childhood, and explain why you feel sentimental about it or treasure it so much.
Fri: An almost infinite variety of types of love exists. The love of parents for their children is very different from the love of brothers for their sisters, of wives for their husbands, of kids for their pets, and on and on. Choose two people in your life whom you love, and explain how your love for each of them is different.
Vocabulary Development
C6: The Scarlet Ibis - HR - Read and Discuss Academic Vocabulary, pg 165; Vocabulary Development, pg 167; EOL: Vocabulary DEvelopment: Own These Words and Figurative Language, pg 357
C7: A Blessing: The Sacred; Mooring: The Bat; this morning: How I Learned English - HR - Read and Discuss Academic Vocabulary, pg 199-200
Mon: Mid Term Examination, Discuss Figurative Language (PPT). Play the Hangman Game: "Figures of Speech". "I'm Going to a Trip" alliteration activity.
Tue: Please analyze the symbolism of the selection "The Scarlet Ibis" using these graphic organizer (symbolism). Please submit to your teacher before you leave the classroom (exit slip).
Wed: Please analyze the allegory of the selection "The Scarlet Ibis" using these graphic organizer (allegory). Please submit to your teacher before you leave the classroom (exit slip).
Thur: Please read and analyze the figurative languages used in the poems: A Blessing", "The Sacred"; "Mooring"; "The Bat"; "This Morning"; "How I Learned English" using this activity sheet.
Fri: Play the Jeopardy Game about parts of speech, figurative language, punctuation, and elements of plot. Week 3 quiz. Please review Vocabulary Words from: Figurative Language (PPT) , The Scarlet Ibis, Idioms, Simile, Personification, Hyperbole.

C6: The Scarlet Ibis - HR -: Before You Read, pg 166; Read, discuss and respond to text, pg 168-183; Skills Practice, pg 184-186;
C7: A Blessing; The Sacred; Mooring; The Bat; this morning; How I Learned English - HR -: Before You Read, pg 187, 201, 205, 211; Read, discuss and respond to the text, pg 202, 206-208, 212-215; Skills Practice, pg 203-204, 209-210, 216-217.

Please read pages 170-263 of the novel "El Bronx Remembered". Please take note of the following words:
- Mon: audible (p.178)
- Mon: elated (p.180)
- Tue: repelled (p.202)
- Wed: prenatal (p.202)
- Thu: intolerable (p.210)
- Thu: desperation (p. 215)
- Fri: confronted (p.227)
Please use the Frayer Model Graphic Organizer to analyze each word (definitions and characteristics) and to synthesize/ apply this information by thinking of examples and non examples.

STANDARDS: 9.LT-S.10* 8.LT-S.10* 7.LD-V.8* 9.LD-V.7* 8.LD-V.9* 9.LT-S.10* 9.LT-P.7* 8.LT-P.8

DCPS English 1 Pacing Guide

Take my online quiz on Figurative Language, The Scarlet Ibis, Idioms, Simile, Personification, Hyperbole.

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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!

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