Month: April 2013

Useful tips and lesson ideas for middle school teachers for ending the school year without chaos and confusion from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

End of the Year Activities and Lesson Ideas

For many of you school is starting to wind down for the school year. I still have two more months to go. However, my Grade 8’s have been slowly starting to feel more and more like Grade 9’s as the warm weather is emerging. This is the time of year when

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Life in the Cloud: A Virtual Floppy Disk

When I was in elementary school our computers used 5″ floppy disks, then by high school we had switched to 3.5″ floppy disks, by university we had the USB data stick. Now, in my 6th year of teaching we are living life in the “cloud”. Our work is stored in cyberspace waiting for

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BYOD (Bring your own device) is a becoming a popular trend in education to help schools save money and students become familiar with the technology they already have. Discover technology ideas and classroom management policies around BYOD in this blog post from 2 Peas and a Dog.

Smartphones in the Classroom

Cellphones may or may not be permitted in your classroom.  My students are encouraged to Bring Their Own Devices (BYOD) to school daily.  Different Models of Cellphones in the Classroom: Some teachers prefer them to be face down on the desks in the open,  Other teachers prefer them to be

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2 great Science Fair planning resources to help with this giant task.

Science Freebies

This weeks’ freebie theme is Science! I grew up watching Bill Nye the Science guy, and my current students enjoy watching episodes if they get shown. This week I have found two great freebies to help you and your students prepare for Science Fair.  We only had Science Fair when

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Preparing for a Substitute Teacher

My name is Crystal and I’ve been teaching for 7 years now with 2 years of Long Term Occasional assignments and being a daily substitute teacher. While supply work is not my long term teaching goal, with the job prospects being what they are and two little ones at home, I have

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TV + Tablet = Data Projector

I do not have a data projector in my classroom, but I do have a flat screen TV on a rolling stand. I wondered if I could use my TV more effectively than just for showing instructional videos.    You can hook up a laptop computer or tablet (iPad, Android) to your flat

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Tinfoil Sculpture Art Lesson

  Here is a great tinfoil sculpture art lesson which can be adapted to any grade level. It can sometimes be a challenge to find affordable art lessons that are both creative and meaningful for middle school students. Last week my student teacher showed me an art project she worked on

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