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.


Good Grades. Bad Behavior.

Dear Parents,

This Q&A was emailed to me by a friend that I'd like to share with you. You might also find this interesting.


I am a parent of a very bright 13 year old girl. My problem is her behavior at school. She started kindergarten when she was 4 because she was advanced for her age. She is in the gifted program at school and she receives straight A's even though she is a year younger than all the kids in her class, but every year we have dealt with problems because she is to talkative and she can't sit still. We have tried everything including behavior charts she says she tries to be good and she just can't. She isn't disrespectful. She is just disruptive to the other kids because she is done with her work and they are not. It's a struggle for us toknow what to do to help the teachers and her. She is in 7th grade and we really don't want to go through another rollercoaster year like the last three. I was just wondering if you had any advice.- PH

Behavior issues at school usually start with a related behavior issue at home.

This is good news because it means that you can do something about it at home instead of only relying on her teacher to figure something out.

Since she's disrupting others when she's done with her work, here's what I'd look into at home:

- Does my daughter complain about being bored?
- Would she rather do things with other people than by herself?
- Does she interrupt us (mom & dad) when we're in the middle of doing other things?
- If she DOES interrupt us, do we stop what we're doing and give her our attention?

Your daughter has a habit of disrupting other people and being talkative at inappropriate times.

Since she's doing it so regularly at school she has clearly learned this and it has been reinforced - probably at home, even if not intentionally.

So your job at home is to uninstall that behavior and replace it with a new one.

Get a free behavior chart from this site:
Put at the top of the chart: "Play quietly by yourself."

Let her know that when you see her playing quietly by herself that she will get to mark her chart and work toward a reward that you both agree she'll get when the chart is full.

By doing this, you'll be reinforcing the"good behavior" of being quiet and not disturbing others.
Then make sure that if she interrupts you or your spouse while you're doing something else, ask her to go play quietly by herself (the behavior from her chart) and then return to what you were doing.

Don't let her interrupting take centerstage and dictate your schedule. She needs to learn to be engaged with herself when others around her are busy.

As her parent, you're totally empowered to help her behave better at school.
So start working with these things at home, okay?

Thank you for helping me help your child maximize his/her potential.

Room 118

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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'!

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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!

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