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.


Data prove that my students achieve

After I learned that DC BAS results were already available yesterday, I immediately went to Think Link Learning website and pulled out the test scores data of my classes from last weeks benchmark assessments.
I was sooo surprised, my mouth fell, and I felt goosebumps all over. I couldn't believe my eyes! I was used to seeing reds in the bar graphs, seeing below basic from my students' scores, since they are diagnosed with learning disability and are 3-4 years below their grade level peers in academic skills. But these data in front of me were showing greens and yellows (green for proficient and yellow for basic), very very few reds (below basic).
I ran to our Math Coach who said that "They can get proficient! We will work with them some more!", and the Literacy Coach said "they nailed it!". I went to my principal who told me "Why are you surprised? Aren't you doing what is right for your students? If you believe that your students can achieve, THEY WILL!"
I walked down the hallway, back to my classroom, thinking of how I will extraordinarily reward my students for working hard to overcome their weaknesses in academic skills...any ideas? The Promethean Board which will be installed in my classroom soon (hmmm...I wonder when) is going to be perfect! When I showed the data to my students, one of them told me..."I told you Ms. Angala, I am learning! I am smart!" They got excited and promised me no reds next time!
It's not yet over, the actual game will be in spring. I have to keep the positivity and enthusiasm of my students up. And it's time to get more parents more involved!


Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Angala,
I chanced at the Daet website today and found ur brief article on Daet. It was nice of u to write about it although so brief. I'd like u to know that the Provincial Board has passed a resolution requesting for the national historical commission's recognition of the Rizal Monument as a national landmark with the consequence, among others, of posting it on the one-peso php coin. It would be nice if u could support that, too. Are ur parents still alive?
I'm also a native of Daet and still here at present. I have gone to other place already but would like to see the sun of my life set here.
I congratulate u for ur students who make it good in their class despite their diability. I'm also a special education teacher.
Good luck and more power.

Fe Rojas-Badaguas

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Your site is informative and positive, and your students seem to be doing well. They are lucky to have a teacher like you.
from an MCPS teacher

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!