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 4 (English 1)

WORD OF THE DAY: http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/mwwod.pl

WARM UP Journal Entry (Autobiographical narrative)
Mon: You're never as witty and smart in the midle of a confrontation as you are after it's over, when suddenly you can think of a million things you could have said. Imagine you are back in the thick of an argument you once had, and write out the eloquent, intelligent remerks you should have made at that time.
Tue: Do you think you are more like your mother or more like your father? Or do you think you resemble one in looks, and the other in personality? Whom would you rather resemble?
Wed: Technology has led to the discovery of vaccines and medical treatments. It has brought computers and televisions into people's homes, and it has provided us with electricity, the internet, phones, cars, planes, and much more. But an argument can be made that technology has largely worsened the quality of our lives, polluting the air, making our lives needlessly stressful, and dampening our enthusiasm for books.
If you had to give up one technological advantage that you use all the time, what would it be? Do you think you'd better off without it?
Thu: Some people might look for friends who are wild, aggressive, and daring; others might look for friends who are smart, funny, and loyal. List at least ten qualities you think the perfect friend should possess, ranked in order from most to least important. Do you know anyone who comes close to being the "perfect" friend?
Fri: When you're a little kid, the professional world seems pretty appealing: firefighter, doctor, nurse, and astonaut are among the high-profile gigs you're aware of. As you get older, you realize that the mere desire to be an NBA star or a famous painter doesn't guarantee success. What was your ideal job when you were little? What do you imagine yourself doing now?
Vocabulary Development
C8: The Blue jar - HR: Vocabulary Development, p 241; EOL: Vocabulary Development, pg 525, 540
C9: American History - HR: Read and Discuss Academic Vocabulary, pg 249; Vocabulary Development, pg 251; EOL - Vocabulary Development, pg 576
C8: The Blue Jar - HR: Before You Read, pg 240; Read, discuss and respond to the text, pg 242-244; Skills Practice, pg 245-247
C9: American History - HR: Read, discuss and respond to the text, pg 252-262, Skills Practice, pg 263-265, End of Selection Quiz (One Stop Planner)

Bring out your materials for your poster for your oral presentation. Plan out for your 6-minute oral presentation.
• on poster board (bigger than 8 1/2” x 11”)
• include the title and author (make words visible to audience)
• make it colorful and eye-catching
• portray a key element of the plot and/or any major characters
Your six minute long oral report should include:
• a brief introduction of the book’s plot
• a brief description of the key characters and their roles
• a glimpse of the climax
• no give-away of the resolution!
• a thoughtful discussion of how one of the following contributes to the novel:
(a) setting, (b) conflict, (c) characterization (Refer to short story packet for definitions, such as indirect/direct characterization, flat, round, etc.) For this portion of your report, you should read one passage from the book aloud to prove your point. Follow up your reading with an explanation of how it illustrates the term you have identified.
• a discussion of theme (What is the lesson that the book teaches readers? How does the book show this theme?)
• your evaluation of the book and why you like/dislike it (Be sure to give specific reasons for your “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.”)
We will have the presentations next week.

* Throw dice on who will go first.
** Distribute a copy of the rubric that will be used in grading this activity.


Answer briefly these burning issues about the novel "El Bronx Remembered":

Mon: If you had to pick a single character in these stories that you cared about the most, who would it be, and why?

Tue: Which of the stories seems the most realistic to you? Explain your response.

Wed: What are some of the ways Mohr creates a distinctly Puerto Rican atmosphere, or flavor, in these stories? How did you react to this flavor?

Thu: In almost all of these stories, characters face intense conflicts, either external or internal. Which conflict captured your interest the most? Why?

Fri: In some of the stories, such as "Herman and Alice" and "Love with Aleluya", Mohr brings together characters who are alike in some ways but very different in others. How are these similarities and differences important in defining the characters and in revealing the stories' central conflicts?

Fri: Think about the futures of the young characters in these stories. What will happen to them? Will they leave Bronx? Discuss a sequel to one of the stories in the book. For example, you might consider whether Hector will complete his education, or discuss a career for Judy. Keep the characters' traits in mind as you sketch future lives for them.

STANDARDS: 8.LT-S.10* 10.LD-V.9* 9.LD-V.8* 9.LD-V.7* 11.LT-C.1* 11.LT-LNF.6* 8.LT-C.1* 9.LD-V.8* 9.LD-V.7

DCPS English 1 Pacing Guide

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