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.


Percents lesson plan

LESSON PLAN for Mathematics
Maria Angala, ELA/ Math Resource Teacher
DATES: For the week of Oct 13-17, 2008
Standard(s) for the week
6.NSO-C.8. Select and use appropriate operations to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and positive integer exponents with whole numbers and with positive fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percentages.
Goal(s)/ Expectation(s) for the Week
- Name other ways (ie, money) to compare equivalent fractions and decimals.
- Use visual representations (ie, money) to compare equivalent fractions and decimals.
- Constructing visual representations (pictures, models, etc) to compare equivalent decimals and percents.
- Calculate equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, percentages, or decimals.

- We can use the bar graph to compare equivalent fractions, decimals and fractions.
- Another way to represent fractions and decimals is using percents.

Guided Instruction & Independent Practice/Study

Whole group instruction:
Show PowerPoint Presentation on comparing money, fractions and percents.
Individual work:
Students define percent, and list down the new concepts to remember on percents in their notebooks.
Whole group instruction:
Show PowerPoint presentation on how to change fractions to percents.
(Classroom of the Future)
Show & Tell:
Student solve problems and present to the class using the Activboard.
More board work on how to change fractions to percents.
Whole group instruction:
Show PowerPoint presentation on how to find percent of a whole number.
Cooperative Learning:
-Give the Moolahs that the students earned since the beginning of the school year. Let them count how much Moolahs they already earned at present. Their goal is to get 100 Moolahs by February.
-How much have they earned? How much is that in decimal, percent? How much do they still have to earn to get to the goal? How much is that in decimal, percent?
- Make a class graph of this Moolah system (Behavior Modification System) to show the students how far they have been doing with regards to accomplishing their goal in learning and behavior.
Cooperative Learning:
- The “Pants & Shirts Store” is now on sale. We are going to shop with our partner.
- From the cards of pants and shirts on the board, choose the pants card for one student and the shirts card for his/her partner.
- You will calculate the price of the pants and the price of the shirt using the original price and percentage off tags.
- The student records the price on the answer form. Compare price with your partner.
- The student writes the appropriate symbol in the blank to tell which item has the lowest price.
- The student repeats the process until all cards in a set have been used.
- Q&A
- Answer Word Problems involving percents: http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT/PercentNumber.ppt
- Math jeopardy: http://www.quia.com/cb/34887.html
- Quiz on fractions, decimals, and percents.

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