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.


Homework is now Online!

Dear Parents,

We have made tremendous improvements since the beginning of the school year. Ms. Angala's students are working very hard to overcome their challenges in academic skills. Our goal is for ALL my students to score PROFICIENT, if not advanced, in the DC CAS in spring.

I need your help to achieve this goal. Please work with your child at home everynight. I believe that all children, especially those with learning problems, can profit from thoughtful homework assignments and that they should be given such assignments regularly.

Here are some practical guidelines and concrete ways parents can support their children, so they can meet their responsibilities for homework.

Homework Guidelines for Parents

There are many possible variations in the ways parents can provide positive support for their children in the area of homework. Perhaps the most important things to do are these:
1. Create a positive climate to support homework completion.

2. Observe carefully before deciding what the problems are or what help is needed.

3. Work with the child to identify the "weak links" in the "homework chain."

4. Understand the kinds of difficulties the child is having when he is doing homework.

5. Communicate difficulties as specifically and clearly as possible to teachers.

6. Develop a "team" approach to homework difficulties whenever possible, where teacher, child, and parent have defined roles and responsibilities.

7. Develop strategies to address the specific difficulties the child is having.

8. Don't do for the child what he can do for himself.

9. Model good work habits. Read or do desk work while your child is doing homework so that you are "modeling," not just "monitoring."

10. Seek help from teachers or counselors if homework develops into a battleground.

HOMEWORK in Ms. Angala's class:
Ms. Angala's students can now do their homework online here, click on "Progress Zone" (yellow button on the right), and type the log in codes that I will be emailing you or I will give to your child.

Please do not forget to type in your child's first name and last initial so I know that he/she did the homework for the week. Completion of all 5 prompts means plus 5 points to the Capital Gains points; consequently no homework means no points, therefore less money in the check.

If you do not have a computer at home, please visit your nearest Public Library. Students may write the answers in their Jefferson Agenda Book also.

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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!