Summer Beach Reads for Teachers
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by Kristy
6d ago
Maybe you’re going to the beach, or maybe you’re hanging out in your backyard, but whatever option you have, taking the time to read a good book is a great way to spend an afternoon when you’ve spent the entire year being a busy teacher.  This list of beach reads for teachers is full of fun and popular romantic comedies, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. There’s a little something for everyone, no matter your romantic taste.  So, take your free time this summer and relax with a beach read that is sure to take your mind off of the school year for a bit.  This blog post ..read more
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Best Light Reads for Teachers
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by Kristy
2w ago
This list of the best light reads for teachers is perfect for those who want to unwind and relax after a long day of teaching.  While sometimes, it’s necessary to settle down with a serious, heavy, and thought-provoking book with multiple themes, characters, and plot points, other times, our brains need a bit of a break, and it can be nice to cozy up with a light read – especially when you’ve spent the entire day teaching and just looking for a way to relax.  Whether it’s light-hearted fiction or fun romance, after a long day of teaching, my mind is not ready to delve into hard topi ..read more
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10 Fantastic Middle School ELA Routines
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by Kristy
2w ago
Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog and Laura from Language Arts Teachers have teamed up to bring you 10 middle school ELA routines to try in your classroom. In this blog post, we bring you 10 practical and engaging middle school ELA routines. These strategies are designed to enhance the flow of your lessons, boost student engagement, and foster a strong classroom community.  Whether you’re looking for new ways to start and end your class, innovative reading and writing activities, or effective classroom management tips, we’ve got you covered. 10 Middle School ELA Routines Beginning of Class ..read more
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4 Helpful Ways to Teach Informational Text
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by Kristy
3w ago
Do you teach informational text in your middle school classroom? Sometimes, informational texts get a bad rap. Students love to read fictional stories, and it can be easy to get them to try new genres or authors, but how can we get them interested in reading informational texts and see why they’re important?  What is informational text?    While informational text and nonfiction are closely related, they do have subtle differences, as shown in the table below. Informational text isn’t only what students might find in a textbook; it can be any kind of article that provides infor ..read more
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How To Download Product Updates From Teachers Pay Teachers
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by Kristy
3w ago
In this blog post, you will learn how to download product updates from Teachers Pay Teachers. Technology can be tricky, especially when teachers rely on getting resources through sites such as Teachers Pay Teachers. Sure, you’ve bought the resource, but what if updates are made? How do you know when an update is made, and how do you get the updated version?  If you’ve bought 2 Peas and a Dog resources from Teachers Pay Teachers, I will share how to find out if a resource has been updated and two easy ways to download the updated version.  Let’s start.  How do I know if a produc ..read more
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Four Easy Approaches to Using Short Stories in Groups in Middle School
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by Kristy
1M ago
Try these four approaches to using short stories in groups to add variety to your existing lessons. Have you ever considered combining short stories with group work in your middle school classroom? There are plenty of short story ideas for students from elementary to high school because they are so flexible. Short stories work well in school for a variety of reasons:  They can be tackled in a shorter amount of time There are so many stories to choose from! You can diversify topics, authors, and more They are a great way to focus on skills.  One way of using short stories for skill ..read more
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22 Interesting Ways to Use Daily Attendance Questions
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by Kristy
1M ago
If you’re not using daily attendance questions, you should be! Not only can they be a great way to signal that class has begun, but they can also be used in so many different ways that can increase student engagement, classroom community, and more.  Not familiar with daily attendance questions? That’s okay. This blog post is going to go over what they are, eight benefits of using them in the middle school classroom, and twenty-two different ways that you can use them with your students.  What are daily attendance questions?  Daily attendance questions are like a warm-up activit ..read more
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14 Fantastic Middle School Books By Canadian Authors
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by Kristy
1M ago
Are you looking for middle school books by Canadian authors? Canada has a wealth of amazing, quality authors perfect for middle school readers. Your students will find a book or two (or more!) on this list that they can enjoy.  These are all Canadian authors, all targeted for middle school ages, with a diverse set of voices and topics – a great starting point to get kids reading more Canadian authors and connecting with stories written about places they know and the experiences of other kids in Canada and abroad.  Students can also find successful and interesting authors in Canada, w ..read more
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7 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Teaching Split Grades
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by Kristy
1M ago
As a middle school teacher, one of the toughest challenges I have faced – and maybe you have, too – is teaching a split-grade class. While this may seem daunting at first, in the long run, it is often a rewarding experience for both the teacher and students. Let’s be clear: creating lesson plans appropriate for each grade’s curriculum, grading the work, and managing the classroom dynamics all present challenges.  But I’m here to share some tried-and-tested strategies for teaching split grades, which will help you keep your sanity and deliver the rewarding experience we all hope for in te ..read more
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Free Educational Solar Oven Project for Middle School
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by Kristy
1M ago
A solar oven project is a great activity to use in middle school.  One of the best ways to reinforce science concepts is through hands-on activities with your students. These can be experiments: Students develop a hypothesis, format a procedure, and compile their results. This will help them with scientific theory and let them see how a real-life science experiment is conducted.  A bonus is when an experiment explores these scientific principles and is fun and engaging for the student – like this solar oven project.  Plus, this one ends up with a tasty treat! What Is A Solar O ..read more
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