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Classroom Organization Hacks

The simple and easy classroom organization ideas explained in this blog post can be implemented at any time in your classroom. Don't wait until next back to school season to make your classroom space more efficiently used, start TODAY! From the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Several times a month we bring you a teacher time saver life hack to make your school days run more smoothly.

Today we have a great infographic with many different classroom organization hacks that will get you excited to organize and clean your classroom space.

I firmly believe that a clean and organized classroom encourages learning, whereas a cluttered and disorganized classroom discourages learning.

The simple and easy ideas listed below can be implemented at any time in your classroom. Don't wait until next back to school season to make your classroom space more efficiently used, start TODAY!

Organization Hacks That Triumph Over Classroom Clutter
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#2ndaryELA Twitter Chat on Tuesday 2/21 Topic: Interactive Notebooks & Hands-on Learning

Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter. This week's chat will be about interactive notebooks and hands-on learning.
Brynn Allison, The Literary Maven & Kristy, 2 Peas and a Dog host #2ndaryELA on Twitter every Tuesday evening from 8 - 8:30 PM EST. #2ndaryELA is a weekly chat for secondary English Language Arts teachers focused on a topic. Every Sunday, we post the topic and questions on our blogs to allow you to prepare for the upcoming Tuesday evening's chat. Thank you to everyone who joined us last week and we hope that you will join us again.

We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group, even if you aren't on Twitter. 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

On Tuesday, February 21, our #2ndaryELA chat will be about interactive notebooks and hands-on learning.

The Format:
8:00 Intros: What and where do you teach? Include a link to your blog if you have one. #2ndaryELA
8:05 Q1: How are you already using INBs/ISNs or other hands-on tools in your classroom? Share a photo or two! #2ndaryELA
8:10 Q2: What positive outcomes have you witnessed with these learning tools? Tell us about your favorite page. #2ndaryELA
8:15 Q3: What struggles or questions do you still have about INBs/ISNs? #2ndaryELA
8:20 Q4: What’s next for INBs/ISNs in your classroom? What goals or ideas do you have to improve this tool? #2ndaryELA
8:25 Q5: Share resources for interactive notebooks and hands-on learning in the classroom (e.g. blog posts, Pinterest ideas). #2ndaryELA


The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter on Tuesday from 8-8:30 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #2ndaryELA in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 8:05 (@literarymaven or @2peasandadog) will post questions every 5 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #2ndaryELA.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #2ndaryELA.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #2ndaryELA.
7. Like and respond to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #2ndaryELA). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurlbitlygoo.gl or ow.ly Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use our hashtag #2ndaryELA, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)

Be sure to spread the word to any teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to chatting with you Tuesday evening and in our 2ndaryELA Facebook group!

Get caught up on past chats here:




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Effective Ideas for Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary

Teaching students vocabulary and grammar is an important part of any English classroom. Vocab and grammar instruction must be purposeful and meaningful to students (within context) for them to retain the lesson from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Teaching students vocabulary and grammar is an important part of any English classroom. Vocab and grammar instruction must be purposeful and meaningful to students (within context) for them to retain the lesson. Adding fun to these grammar activities and lessons increase student engagement and retention.

Below is a curated Twitter chat that shares ideas from other teachers on how they teach these concepts in their classrooms. Want to talk with other English teachers? Join us every Tuesday at 8:00 pm EST on Twitter.




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Read how teachers make their vocabulary lessons meaningful and engaging by using cue cards, games, student competitions and teaching Greek and Latin root words from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Need more ideas for teaching vocabulary and grammar? Click on the image above to read last year's chat on this topic.



Teaching students vocabulary and grammar is an important part of any English classroom. Vocab and grammar instruction must be purposeful and meaningful to students (within context) for them to retain the lesson from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

#2ndaryELA Twitter Chat on Tuesday 2/14 Topic: Vocabulary & Grammar

Brynn Allison, The Literary Maven & Kristy, 2 Peas and a Dog host #2ndaryELA on Twitter every Tuesday evening from 8 - 8:30 PM EST. #2ndaryELA is a weekly chat for secondary English Language Arts teachers focused on a topic. Every Sunday, we post the topic and questions on our blogs to allow you to prepare for the upcoming Tuesday evening's chat. Thank you to everyone who joined us last week and we hope that you will join us again.

We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group, even if you aren't on Twitter. 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

On Tuesday, February 14, our #2ndaryELA chat will be about teaching vocabulary and grammar.

The Format:
8:00 Intros: What and where do you teach? Include a link to your blog if you have one. #2ndaryELA
8:05 Q1: Do you teach grammar separately or incorporate it into other aspects of your ELA curriculum? Explain. #2ndaryELA
8:10 Q2: How do you avoid boring grammar lessons? #2ndaryELA
8:15 Q3: Do you teach vocabulary in isolation or incorporate it into other aspects of your ELA curriculum? Explain. #2ndaryELA
8:20 Q4: What are your favourite activities for practising vocabulary? #2ndaryELA
8:25 Q5: Share your favourite grammar and vocabulary resources. #2ndaryELA

The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter on Tuesday from 8-8:30 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #2ndaryELA in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 8:05 (@literarymaven or @2peasandadog) will post questions every 5 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #2ndaryELA.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #2ndaryELA.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #2ndaryELA.
7. Like and respond to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #2ndaryELA). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurlbitlygoo.gl or ow.ly Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use our hashtag #2ndaryELA, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)

Be sure to spread the word to any teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to chatting with you Tuesday evening and in our 2ndaryELA Facebook group!

Get caught up on past chats here:








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Enhance Your Teaching Practice With Social Media

Social media sites are a great place to look for new ideas and current education trends. This blog post provides an outline of how teachers can use Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram and Pinterest to enhance their teaching practice from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

When I first started teaching, the only professional development I could get was from reading books, attending conferences or from my local school board. The internet has drastically changed the way people can access information. Now I can obtain professional development on my own time, and from home!

Social media sites are a great place to look for new ideas and current education trends. I have outlined below how teachers can use a few different social media sites to enhance their teaching practice.




Many teaching blogs have Facebook Pages that you can follow. These teachers share content related to their audience i.e Math bloggers share math ideas. Even better than Facebook Pages are Facebook Groups. These groups are usually created around a grade level or subject area. Within these groups is a wealth of knowledge and resources from other educators. If you teach Grades 6 to 12 English Language Arts please join the #2ndaryELA Facebook Group. This growing group has over 3000 members who share their ideas and resources daily. Follow 2 Peas and a Dog on Facebook.


Many teachers write quality blogs these days. They are a great source of inspiration and new ideas for teachers to use in their own classrooms. You can find a variety of blogs in the Education category on Bloglovin'. Bloglovin' is a website that allows you to find and read blogs in a variety of categories. I use it to follow my favourite blogs and get email notifications when they write a new post. Another great place to look for teaching blogs is the Middle School Blog Log. Blogs are categorized by subject area. This is a good starting place to find your favourite teacher blogs. Follow 2 Peas and a Dog on Bloglovin'.


Instagram is full of wonderful photos straight from the classrooms of real teachers around the world. To find these great teachers you will need to use the search bar and enter in specific popular hashtags. The next time you are on Instagram look at these hashtags: #2ndaryELA, #iteachtoo, #iteach678, #teachers, #teachersfollowteachers, #teachersofinstagram, #teachersofig. Once you find images you like click on the poster's name and follow their account. I love scrolling through my feed when I have a few minutes to call my own. Instagram is a more informal social media site than others. Teachers often post photos of their daily life. It is great to see so many teachers sharing common interests in food, books, and pets. Don't forget to like posts and leave comments on images that spark ideas. Check out this great blog post about reasons to use Instagram.  Follow 2 Peas and a Dog on Instagram.


Pinterest is an amazing resource for any educator. It is a visual search engine for ideas. You can use Pinterest in two ways: follow teachers whose accounts match your teaching areas, and by using the search bar to find specific ideas for your lessons. When you follow a Pinterest account, some of their pins will show up in your feed. It also helps Pinterest know what your interests are so they can personalize your feed. Using the search bar at the top of the page is great for finding lesson specific ideas. Try different search terms to help you find exactly what you need. Once you find great pins and ideas ensure to pin these ideas to your boards so you can easily find them in the future. Follow 2 Peas and a Dog on Pinterest.


Twitter is a great place to stay current with education news and ideas. Start by searching for popular education hashtags related to your subject areas. Then look at the content people are Tweeting about. If you enjoy the content of those Tweeters, then follow their accounts. Another great way to interact with teachers on Twitter is through taking part in a Twitter chat. Many different Twitter chats run weekly and are usually open to new participants. New to Twitter chats? Check out this quick video to see how easy they are to use. If you think a Tweet is interesting you can hit the Retweet button, and it will get sent out on your personal Twitter feed. Every Tuesday night, July through May join the #2ndaryELA Twitter chat from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST. The next time you are on Twitter look at these hashtags to find great content and professional learning: #2ndaryELA, #edchat #educhat, #ntchat, #teacheredchat, #elemchat, #spedchat, #DI4ALL, #GoogleEdu, #edtech, #21stedchat. This blog post has a great Twitter chat organizer to help you keep track of your chats. Follow 2 Peas and a Dog on Twitter.

Additional Professional Development Resources
  • Read the summary post from a #2ndaryELA Twitter chat about this topic
  • Don't forget about YouTube channels and playlists. Check out the Created For Learning channel 
  • I love listening to podcasts during my daily commute. Check out The Cult of Pedagogy and The Cornerstone For Teachers. I use an app on my phone to listen to podcasts. Apps are available in both the Apple App Store and the Android Play Market. Check out this list of 12 great educational podcasts. 

You are now in control of your own personal professional development. Use these tools to guide your journey.


Social media sites are a great place to look for new ideas and current education trends. This blog post provides an outline of how teachers can use Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram and Pinterest to enhance their teaching practice from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

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