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.


Guest Blogger: MissMathDork

(I am participating in a linky party hosted by PrimaryPossibilities. I will be guest posting at ScienceInTheCity2, please check it out. Here with us now is another awesome teacher, Jamie Riggs, guest blogging for us today. Please check out her so cool fun activities for your kids!)
Happy 2013!!  MissMathDork here!  Yep, you guessed it; I’m an overzealous lover or math and a self-proclaimed dork/nerd/geek what-have-you!  I love patterns, nerdy humor, logic puzzles, and anything that makes math more fun! 
MissMathDorkCurrently, I am in a very cool position at my middle school – I work as a math coach to my teachers half a day, and I work as a math resource to students who are below grade level and have never passed state standardized test the other half of the day.  I teach 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students so my math activities range from 3rd grade to Algebra. 
Recently, I joined the teacher blogging world and I’m absolutely loving every minute!  I have met tons of fun, amazing teachers and have found an abundance of resources and new fun ideas!  The purpose of my blog is to show you fun, creative ideas to use in your own classroom.  I love taking pictures of what my students are doing so you have a full picture of how the activity works.
In December, I was featured in the TpT Holiday Freebie with my Frosty Relay activity.
Due to the HUGE number of responses I received, I made 3 more versions of the relay for other age groups and I wanted to share them with you!
And the original Holiday Freebie:
The frosty relay is one of my all-time favorite activities!  The students love the competition and the creativity all rolled into one.  We’re actually going to be using this activity this week as we come back from break.  (Head over to my blog next week to see tons of awesome snowmen pics created by my kiddo!)
For this activity, I usually set up groups of four.  Each student is assigned a problem number (1, 2, 3, and 4).  At the front of the room, set up a sheet of large construction paper, poster board, or something tangible they can draw on easily.  I usually allow my students to create fun names for their team and I write the name at the top of each paper. 
Also, you will want to make enough copies so that each student has one.  Cut the paper in half so that you have each round separate.  I usually lay them out on a table in order so that students can easily grab the next round once they are ready.
Explain to them how the relay works.
1.    Each group starts on the first “round” (there are 9 total). 
2.    Each group member must answer their assigned problem (example person 1 answers problem 1, person 2 answers problem 2, and so on.)
3.    After each member has answered their problem, the students should follow the directions at the bottom (i.e. who should bring the paper to the teacher to get it checked AND who should draw their part of the snow man).
4.    After one round has been completed and the snow man piece has been drawn, the team moves to the next round.  It is very possible for each team to be on a different round. If a team misses a problem, hand back the papers and make them find their mistake.  Often times, they find it very quickly.  They may ask their group to help if necessary.
5.    There are 2 winners - 1) the team that completes the relay the fastest and 2) the team that creates the most “artsy” snowman as voted on by the class.  The second award is crucial… it keeps all teams in the relay until the end - even if they aren’t fast!

I truly hope that you enjoy this activity!  It can be easily adapted to any content!  Please feel free to drop by my blog and say hi!  There are always fun activities and pictures being posted!  AND, if I keep to my resolution, I’ll be posting even more frequently, joining more linky parties, AND more fun blog swaps like this one! 
Wishing each of you the happiest of New Year’s! 
Mathematically yours,


Hodgesgal said...

Super cute snowmen!


Amy - The Resource(ful) Room said...

Looks like a great game! I am going to try it this week!!

The Resource(ful) Room

Maria Angala said...

@Elizabeth, I love it too! jamie is a very creative teacher!

@Amy, great! Let me know how it goes :)

Lisa Lawrence said...

What a fun way to review! I am so gonna do this with my classes:)

Sunlight On My Shadow said...

Looks like a fun way to review math! Here is another resource that is picture based and makes learning more fun while still being highly effective. Songs and stories that help kids of all abilities stay engaged and excited to learn. Check out this video for more info:


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.

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