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.


Welcome Letter to Parents

August 30, 2011

Dear Parents,

Welcome to my George Washington University class at Jefferson Academy!

My name is Maria Angala, an Exceptional Needs Specialist, and I am excited to be your child’s teacher this school year.

Throughout the year we will be very busy. We will cover many different units of “how English works” for both decoding and spelling automaticity with our Just Words Intervention Program. This program, I want to make it clear, supplements our regular Reading/ English Language Arts subjects, not replace it. We will cover intensive reading topics such as:

- Phonemic Awareness where students learn to segment and blend three sounds, then four, five, and six sounds within a syllable with a “tapping” system that provides a kinesthetic-tactile guide and reinforcement.

- In-Depth Word Study where students learn that the English language generally follows a logical system as they carefully study sound-symbol correspondence as related to syllable patterns, orthographic (spelling) rules, and the morphology patterns of prefixes, roots, and suffixes.

- Phonetically Regular Words where students study word structure that is based on the six-syllable types of the English language. Fluent decoding requires automatic sound-symbol correspondence and sounds are taught only as they relate to the syllable type being studied.

- High Frequency Words where students learn to automatically read and spell the most frequently used English words using kinesthetic-tactile memory techniques.

- Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension where students will apply decoding skills to read passages with prosody, learning how to read sentences in meaningful phrases. This emphasized fluent reading for meaning, rather than speed.

A good learning experience is built on a cooperative effort among, parent, child, and school. We look forward to the excellent work and tremendous growth we will all accomplish this year.

In the past, we have had many parents volunteer their time in the classroom, and I encourage this because it provides opportunities for more children to receive personal attention. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know. This can be done on a weekly, biweekly, or occasional basis. Any help you will give will be greatly appreciated. You can also help by providing us with any information that will aid us in better understanding your child.

Again, welcome to Jefferson Academy! Please feel free to contact me about any questions or concerns you may have at Maria.Angala@dc.gov .

Maria Angala, NBCT (Exceptional Needs Specialist)

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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.

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