Month: October 2012

Organization 101 – The Rotary Classroom

Middle school classroom organization is not always discussed online. I see a lot of really cute primary classroom ideas, but not a ton for middle school. As a middle school teacher trying to keep three classes of 30-35 students per class organized can be a challenge.  Below are some of

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Help Canadian students find well written and age appropriate reading material by utilizing book lists created by the Ontario Library Association from 2 Peas and a Dog. #canadianbooks #canadareads #books #classroomnovels #reading #classroomlibrary

Recommended Student Reading

It can be challenging to find good books for students to read that have good content and are age appropriate. The debate continues about what age is the Hunger Games really appropriate for? When I was a teacher-librarian I did not sign out the Hunger Games to anyone younger than Grade 7

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A list of free math resources to support math classrooms from 2 Peas and a Dog. #math #mathlessons #freelessons #freemathlessons

Free Math Resources

Some of my favourite math resources come from the University of Waterloo Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing – CEMC for short.  They run many math contests, which for a nominal fee you can enter your students in. One of my favourite math enrichment activities is to have my Grade 7

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Helping students stay on task can be a bit challenging. Read this quick blog post to see some quick ideas to assist students in their quiet work journey.

Creating Quiet Student Work Spaces

It is important to create quiet student work spaces. When I was a student we used our pocket writing folders as privacy folders. These were used during test time or when we needed a break from our group to focus on our independent work.  Recently I was in a colleagues Grade 4

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It can be a challenge to create a dynamic and useful middle school classroom library from scratch. Read to find out lots of great organization and book acquiring tips from 2 Peas and a Dog. #classroomlibrary #classroombooks #teaching #reading

Creating a Dynamic Classroom Library

Setting up a classroom library is not an easy task, but it is a rewarding one if done with purpose. Student-accessible classroom libraries are an important part of any K through 12 classrooms. Since I started teaching my classroom library has evolved from complete chaos to student/teacher-friendly organization.  Many believe

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Deals from the Dollar Store

Hello Readers and Welcome Back! As teachers, we often spend a lot of our own money on school supplies and classroom resources. I love dollar stores. Every time I find a new one, or go to a new city I often stop in to see what treasures I can find.  Teachers need to

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Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year!

Welcome to 2peasandadog teaching blog! I am so very excited to start blogging in the 2012-2013 school year. I am currently in my 6th year of teaching. During my career I have taught Special Education, Library, and Grades 7 and 8.   My personal teaching goals for this year are: 1- integrate

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