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.


When Your Kid Keeps Talking Back...

I received an email from a colleague who is a behavior specialist that I want to share with you. You may also find this helpful...


Today I want to talk with you about the dreaded behavior of "talking back." Are these things you hear from your child when you tell or ask them to do something?

- No!
- You can't make me!
- I don't want to!
- Go away!
- I won't do it!

Hearing things like this from your little one can have you feeling embarrassed, sad, angry, and hopeless... Nobody likes to be shouted at and it can be especially painful and irritating to be yelled at by a child.

Usually, parents and teachers who are dealing with back talk feel out of control and helpless about changing the situation... So here's something you can do as the adult to help your child or student start being more respectful toward you...

It's something totally within your control... It's not a magic pill, but it WILL eventually have the desired effect thatyou want.

Here's the scoop... If you want your child to start being more respectful to you, you have to start being more respectful to your child or student.

I'm not talking about giving in to whatever they want and saying yes to everything that they ask for. That's not respecting them... that's just rolling over and playing dead! What I mean by respecting your child more is for one thing, not talking back to THEM.

So when your child asks if they can go play outside and you snap back, "Not now - dinner's almost ready," that's a form of talking back TO THEM and it's teaching your child how to speak. It's not your fault that you're talking that way to them...

You're trying to juggle a million things and get dinner ready and make sure that the rice doesn't burn and then your kidc omes in and wants to go play and you just kind of snap at him without thinking about it.

I totally get how it happens... But when you're dealing with a child who is frequently talking back, as the adult, it's so important that you bring your attention to your own style of talking to your child.

It's amazing how quickly kids will pick up language and words from those around them... especially you as their parent or teacher.

So if you want to combat the talking back in your home or classroom, start being more mindful of how you talk to your child. Notice how you snapping, "Not right now- dinner's almost ready," isn't much different than your child saying, "No,I'm in the middle of my show" when you ask him to put on his shoes and get ready to go to the store with you. Or your student saying, "I don't want to do Circle Time."

Instead of talking back to your child,or student, try to connect with him and respond more politely.
"I know you want to go outside right now. Dinner's almost ready. Let's do something fun after dinner."
"Yeah, playing outside does sound like fun. Let's wait until after dinner and then we can play outside for 10minutes."
"I understand that you don't want to do Circle Time and you'd rather stay where you are. Will you come sit next to me?"

It may take a few seconds more time tothink it through and say it gently... But by talking to your child like this,you're showing him or her that there areother ways for people to talk to each other than with back talk.

Until next time...

P.S. If your child or student is talking back to you and it's really pushing your buttons, instead of taking it out on them by saying something you might regret later, take a deep breath and send me an email telling me aboutwhat's going on.

This way, you can get it off your chest and your child or student doesn't have to receive your anger and frustration.

I really mean it. Send me an email when you're really frustrated with your kids so that you have a healthy place to vent your frustrations and hurt.

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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!