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.


5 Free Special Education Charts

Hello everyone,
Here are five most used special education charts that I created to assist special educators, administrators and others in providing special education services to our students. Have a great weekend!
Special Education Daily Behavior Tracker. Here's something that's ready to go! Use this chart that will help you track any type of behavior on a daily basis. This is an editable word document which you can modify to suit the needs of your student, or align it to his BIP goals.
SPED Inclusion Accomodations Weekly Monitoring Form. Easy checklist and ready to go! Use this to track the accomodations and modifications for a special needs student in the inclusion class. This word document is editable so you may align it to his IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) Accomodations.
Special Education IEP Snapshot. Do you share the IEP goals and accomodations with general education teachers? Here is a form that you can use to help you inform the regular education teacher(s) of those students in the regular education classroom who have IEP’s and may need adaptations.

Make your inputs in this IEP At-A-Glance Form brief but include enough information to assure that the IEP is being followed. This is an editable word document that you can modify based from the needs of your student. You may copy the goals and adaptations from the IEP and staple it to this if you wish. You may hand carry it to the regular education teacher and explain to her the purpose of this document.

When I share this document with a regular education teacher, I explain to him/ her that:

- this is a confidential document. This is not to be left in the desk; it must be kept in a safe, confidential location.
- if he/ she needs more information to get in touch with me.
- it is very important that IEP’s are followed for every student who has one.
SPED Inclusion Specialized Instruction Service Hours Chart. Need help in remembering the services needed for each student in your caseload? Use this editable chart to record the specialized instruction number of hours and keep track of your special needs students in the following environment:

1. Cotaught classes are taught by both a general educator and a special educator. The student with an IEP is receiving instruction in the general education environment. Hours can be appropriately documented as special education service hours on the IEP given the consistent direct instruction and support provided by special education staff.

2. Supported classes are taught by a general educator with support from a special education paraeducator. The student with an IEP is receiving instruction in the general education environment and hours can be appropriately documented as special education service hours on the IEP given the consistent direct instruction and support provided by special education staff.
Reading6 CCSS Data Tracker. Data crunchers, that's who we are! Here are simple strategies & graphic organizer to make sense of your special needs student achievement data. Use this to:

•Analyze data in a series of simple steps
•Use student work for strategic or intensive instruction
•Explicitly decide when to “"re-do","review", or "re-teach"
•Facilitate grade level or subject area group discussions of data
•Make the ongoing use of data part of the school’s culture

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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!