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.


Parent Volunteers Needed at Jefferson Academy!!

Dear Parents,

There are huge benefits for all involved when you donate your time to your child's school and education. "When your child sees you alongside their teacher working as a team, it creates positive rapport and opens communication channels for everybody. The other compelling factor is that school budget cuts mean our class sizes are suddenly larger, and our teachers have fewer (if any) assistants. Any help as parent volunteers makes a big impact."

Thank you to the parent of one of my wonderful former students for volunteering to help us at Jefferson Academy this school year!! Ethel is now in 12th grade at Wilson Senior HS, and is determined to pursue college education. It is our great relationship that we forged together when she was my student in 6th grade that made them keep in touch with me. See Ms. Burnette's letter about me below...

To whom it may concern,

As the parent of Ethel B., I have had the priviledge to observe [Ms. Angala's] special education class for the last two years now.

Ethel is in her final year at Jefferson Middle School taking Reading and Math classes with Ms. Angala. She has endured classic ADHD-NOS (a nervous system disorder), ADD, socialization, and learning difficulties since birth. Ethel's weaknesses is being described as fragile. Ethel attends out-patient therapy, OT, and ADHD Clinic at [a private hospital]. Ethel's behavior mannerisms, coping skills, andf socialization skills are right on tasks because of the hardwork of all the Multi-Disciplinary Team members, including Ms. Angala as her special education teacher.

Ms. Angala is very consistent with communicating with me. She calls me not just when there are concerns with Ethel, but she also tells me about her achievements in class. She sends me emails, invitations to attend class with Ethel, and she meets with me often to give information about what's best for Ethel's future. The class website is very helpful for us to keep in track with class works when she is absent.

Ms. Angala's teaching strategies demonstrated in her class, and the way she disciplines her students, and the personal attention she is giving her students are working to benefit her students so they can reach their full potential. Ethel was encouraged by Ms. Angala to read a lot. She comes home from school with homework and wanting to read, she is excited about going to the library checking out on books, etc. She is also eager to go to Karate classes, Sweep Cadets, and possibly attend Duke Ellington or a Vocational School. This is all because Ms. Angala is greatly appreciated by my daughter and she's inspired by her to reach her highest potential.

After being in the class observing as a parent for these two years, I gained a great appreciation for this teacher, realizing that these special needs children need an innovative teacher like Ms. Angala. One abreast and focused with the technology needed to keep them focused and attentive, by commending them constantly giving them the praise they deserve when they have done well making them feel they have made their accomplished tasks properly.

I personally feel that Ms. Angala is responding to Ethel's needs adequately. Ethel is about to graduate and move on to the 9th grade. She is determined and focused to do her best in her endeavours; she is highly motivated to succeed. She promised to check in with Ms. Angala and keep in touch with her after she graduates regarding her progress.

I am a satisfied and confident mother, ready to move on. My thanks to Ms. Angala for all her dedication and hardwork.


Ms. Donna B.
May 22, 2008

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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!