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.


Description of Assignments SY 2008-2009

The midterm examination will assess literary, reading, vocabulary, writing and language skills. The content of the examination will include selections from the first half of Houghton Mifflin Reading/ Connected Mathematics.
The final examination will assess literary, reading, vocabulary, writing and language skills. The content of the examination will include selections from the second half of Houghton Mifflin Reading/ Connected Mathematics.
Language Arts Scope & Sequence . The sixth grade Language Arts course takes in the subjects of English, Spelling, and Writing. It is designed to provide students with essential language skills needed for advancement in higher grade levels. The emphasis is placed on learning the basic grammar, spelling, and writing skills and using them correctly when writing. Solid language, writing, spelling, and research skills, along with a willingness to devote time to completing homework and studying, are the keys to success.
Math Scope & Sequence. The sixth grade math course is designed to develop, master, and enhance mathematical skills. Students will be assisted in the application of mathematical concepts, including prior and newly acquired skills. Lessons will be presented through the use of lecture/note-taking, experimenting ("hands-on activates"), drill and practice problem solving and real-life applications of the curriculum. The curriculum is aligned with the PSSA assessment anchors. Enrich opportunities will be provided for students exhibiting a high aptitude for mathematics. Course topics include:
- Number Systems and their relationships
- Whole Number and Decimal Operations including Estimation
- Fractions
- Measurement
- Geometry
- Algebraic Concepts
- Data Analysis and Probability
Classwork is designed to allow students to practice new skills and strategies introduced during the class period and to reflect on their learning. Each student must have a notebook to store all classwork assignments, notes, handouts, supplementary readings, and other materials. The notebook will help students chart their progress in the course and serve as proof that they have completed assigned work. The notebook (journal) will be graded according to this rubric.
Quizzes will be given throughout the course to assess students' progress toward achieving course standards.
Class participation is an integral part of student learning. Thus, students must participate in daily discussions and class activities, some of which may involve small, collaborative groups.
Each student will be required to complete an analytical research paper based on the readings from _____. Topics for analysis may be related to a specific aspect of the work (for example, characterization or setting), connections to other works read in the course, relevance of themes and ideas in the novel to current society, etc. Furthermore, students' research may address solutions to a problem in the stories, causes and effects of circumstances and events in the stories, a comparison and contrast of ideas, events, characters, etc. However, the teacher must approve all topics before students can begin their research.Students must participate in related discussions and writing conferences during class although the majority of the writing of the research paper will take place outside of class. Along with writing the paper, students must make an oral presentation of their paper in class.The analystic research paper is heavily weighted, required course assignment. The completed research paper should reflect students' original thinking supported by appropriately cited research and comply with the research guidelines of the Modern language Association (MLA).
Any substantiated case of plagiarism - whether intentional or unintentional - may result in loss of course credit.

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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!