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.


Class Rules and Expectations SY 2008-2009

Classroom Rules:
- Attend regularly. Unnecessary absences should be avoided.
- Be on time. In class on time means the student is in his / her seat prior to the tardy bell. Your tardies negatively impact your citizenship and cheat you of valuable information about the day's studies.
- Bring your materials to every class meeting. Mandatory supplies include:
*a 3-ring binder
*2 or more pencils (#2 pencils, or mechanical pencils)
*2 or more blue or black ink pens
*a hi-liter (2 or 3 of different colors recommended).
-Contribute in a positive and meaningful way to class and online discussions, cooperative work groups. Put forth as much or even more effort to complete tasks as the others in your group. You may have to arrange to meet outside of class for projects. Be a conscientious participant. No name calling, put-downs, obscene language, irrelevant comments. Literature is subjective by nature, and you can expect to participate in differing interpretations of the works we study. It goes without saying that you will adhere to all school-wide rules regarding comportment while on campus, dress code, etc.
- Practice self-discipline and good time management skills to ensure success in this class. Plan carefully, avoid procrastination, and ask for clarification or assistance if you are unclear about an assignment. Technical difficulties can arise when one does not plan ahead. Be sure you have timely access to the Internet, resources, printers, ink, appropriate paper, etc. Extra credit is occasionally offered but should not in any way be depended upon as a way to significantly increase one's grade.
- Practice quality control when it comes to your product. Assignments must be on 8.5 X 11 paper, and not from a spiral notebook. Assignments must be neat and legible and typed . Assignments and projects must be completed in the format indicated in the directions.
- Practice integrity by using only your own original work to complete assignments. Use proper MLA formatting, parenthetical citations and Works Cited pages to indicate your sources. Any copying of work, no matter how minor, will not be tolerated and will result in points lost. This includes work for classes other than mine. Rules regarding Plagiarism are that: you must acknowledge direct use of someone else's words, any words you paraphrase from any source, direct use of someone else's ideas, and material obtained through any source, including material obtained from the Internet and other databases.
Classroom Expectations:
- Be respectful. Show respect for peers, adults, and property and other learning materials and furniture in room.
- Be responsible. Academic honesty is required; cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated (see above Practice Integrity). Always come on time and prepared to class.
- Be safe. No food or gum allowed in class. Bottled water are allowed. Respect others by picking up after yourself when in the classroom. Failure to do so will not be tolerated.
- Inappropriate behavior will result in consequences such as detention, removal, suspension or expulsion from the summer success program. Make the choice to be a good citizen and you will find this class is rewarding, fun and meaningful.

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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!