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.


FRACTIONS: multiplication & division

LESSON PLAN for Mathematics
For the week of Oct 6-10, 2008
DCPS STANDARDS COVERED: 6.NSO-N.2 / 6.NSO-N.5 / 6.NSO-N.7/ 6.NSO-C.8 / 6.NSO-C.10
Maria Angala, ELA/ Math Resource Teacher

FRACTIONS: multiplication & division
Connected Mathematics Bits & Pieces II / Accelerated Math Topic 8

WARM UP: Different math word problem and writing prompts will be given daily.

Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, we will learn to multiply and divide fractions - in the easiest possible way! Problems like these can often appear to be difficult. What we will learn to do, however, is to simplify the problems so that they are actually quite easy to do. So, the first thing you learn to do will be to simplify the fraction problems. Then, doing them will be a piece of cake.
Also, in completing these lessons, you will find that it's easy to learn but hard to remember. Because you have these lessons, however, you will always be able to recall the correct way to solve math problems by returning to these lessons and relearning them will help fix them in your memory. Repetition is quite often necessary in learning and remembering new things.
By learning (and later reviewing) the multiplying and dividing procedures in this lesson, you will be in command of valuable skills that you will use throughout your life.
Students will be able to:
Expand and reduce fractions.
Multiply fractions.
Divide fractions.

DAY 1& 2

- video: http://go.webvideoplayer.com/tell/O53lHItgqv6ufowj8QXd
- notes: http://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions_multiplication.html
- worksheet: http://math.about.com/library/multfractions.pdf
- powerpoint: http://jc-schools.net/PPT/Fractions%20XIV.ppt
http://jc-schools.net/PPT/Fractions%20XV.ppt (mixed fractions)
- LCD projector


WHOLE CLASS DISCUSSION: Teach the concept of multiplying fractions to the class.
INDIVIDUAL WORK: pass out the worksheet so that students can work on them independently.
DAY 3 & 4


- video: http://go.webvideoplayer.com/tell/kGTRcsXm5QpIvj4DatC9
- notes: http://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions_division.html
- worksheet: http://math.about.com/library/divfractions.pdf
- LCD projector


WHOLE CLASS DISCUSSION: Teach the concept of dividing fractions to the class.
INDIVIDUAL WORK: pass out the worksheet so that students can work on them independently


Fractions Jeopardy game: http://www.elko.k12.nv.us/ecsdtc/ppp/fractions.ppt
Simplifying fractions notes: http://www.mathsisfun.com/simplifying-fractions.html


WHOLE CLASS DISCUSSION: Teach the concept of simplifying fractions to the class.
REVIEW: http://www.mathexpression.com/fraction-worksheets.html
QUIZ: Math quiz on fraction.
JEOPARDY GAME: http://www.elko.k12.nv.us/ecsdtc/ppp/fractions.ppt Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division of Fractions

- Teacher to observe students during their demonstration of multiplying and dividing fractions; and then being able to use these conversions in estimations, computations and applications and use these skills in everyday life and in the workforce.

- Students will formulate judgments about the ideas under discussion and support these judgments with convincing evidence and discuss within their group. Each group will present their findings. Student groups, who are observing the presenters, will use a “Checklist” and note the number of correct answers and the number of potential applications of multiplication and division of fractions given by each presenting group. After the presentations, the observing groups will compile the information presented, and graph the results to present the validity of ideas as presented by each group.

- Students demonstrate and apply the concepts contained in the foundation and pathway standards through classroom application and displayed knowledge.

Please submit these Connected Mathematics Bits & Pieces II worksheets on Friday with your parent’s signature.

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