Year: 2014

Student Led Conferences are a good way to have students take on more ownership of their learning, and share this learning with their parents, guardians and teachers. Learn more on the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

How to Organize Student Led Conferences

Where I teach we do not use the traditional Parent-Teacher Interview format. Instead, we use the Student Led Conference format. In this format students prepare assessment materials that they are proud of and need to improve on. They share these materials with their parents, and explain what their action plan

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How to Set Up a Middle School Classroom

This is my eighth year of setting up a classroom. I was very excited to set up my classroom this summer because I was moving into a new room. I had been in my old room for three years and it was time to move and purge all the things

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Keep Track Of Classroom Resources

I cannot believe how fast back to school came and went.  I just finished week three and very excited for the year ahead! I am happy to be writing another Bright Ideas Blog Post about a useful tip from my classroom. Last month I wrote about Getting the Most Use of

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Want To Get The Most Use From Your Data Projector?

This month I am happy to be writing another blog post about a useful tip from my classroom. Last month I wrote about Effectively Organizing Your Professional Development Notes this month I am writing about using your data projector more effectively. Gone are the days where data projectors are a novelty

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5 free back to school lessons from 2 Peas and a Dog. #freebies #lessonplans #ela #teaching

Back to School Freebies

Back-to-school freebies are linked throughout this blog post. The back-to-school season is a great time to try out new lessons and ideas. These five lessons will make planning for back to school easier and less time-consuming. Check out ideas from classroom management to long-range planning. Try this interactive back-to-school bingo

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Managing the Professional Development Paper Overload

As education professionals, we attend a lot of professional development sessions each year and into our summers. Up until recently, I did not have a proper system for storing the information.   When I first started teaching I made a new paper file folder for each session and put all

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The Classroom Pet Debate

As teacher we never really turn off that part of our brain that makes us teachers. Even though most of us are on holidays right now we are still thinking about our classrooms. I was at an antique flea market yesterday, and kept taking photos of old technology so I

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End of the year activity ideas from experienced teachers. Read how you can make your end of the year finish great from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

End of the Year Tips for Teachers

  It is that time of year again when both teachers and students are wishing the days away until the summer holidays begin. I still have a full month of school left before the summer holidays begin so it is very important that I stick to my regular routine and

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