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The weeks leading up to the holiday break can be very stressful if you don't plan ahead. Read below for our top tips for reducing stress before, during and after the holiday break from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Tips For Teachers On How To Reduce Holiday Season Stress

Stress – what every teacher feels in December.  Reducing holiday stress for teachers is a very important topic, but is often overlooked in the busyness of the season. Teachers everywhere look forward to their holiday break in December. Spending the Christmas season with friends and family helps get us through

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Online Book Clubs for Middle and High School Students

During one of our weekly #2ndaryELA Twitter chats, we discussed Online Student Book Clubs. I first discovered this topic after seeing teacher-author Penny Kittle speak about them at the Reading For The Love Of It literacy conference in Toronto last February. Her discussion prompted me to go back to my classroom and

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Ideas for creating more JOY in your classroom during the holiday season from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Promoting Joy During the Holiday Season

  The holiday season can leave many people feeling stressed out – determined to have the perfect classroom, house, decorations, meal, etc. You name it and people feel that holidays are synonymous with perfection. My challenge to you this holiday season is to promote joy not only in your classroom

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With the holiday season approaching the air in our classrooms becomes filled with excitement. It is important that we enjoy the season with our students while maintaining a focus on curriculum and instructional time. Several holiday classroom management tips and lesson ideas are shared in this blog post by 2 Peas and a Dog.

Great Holiday Season Lessons

Holiday season lessons can be difficult to find.  It is important that we enjoy the season with our students, but also maintain a rigorous curriculum program. I have compiled a list of classroom management tips and engaging holiday season lessons to help teachers and students enjoy the holiday season while

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Remembrance Day Lessons For All Grades

Several bloggers have gotten together to share our best Remembrance Day lessons that can be adapted to suit the needs of various grade levels. What I love about this link-up is the variety of lesson ideas offered by the other teachers. In our classrooms today, students are working at all

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Teaching ideas for helping students understand effective close reading and text annotations from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Close Reading and Text Annotation Ideas

Close Reading and Text Annotations are great strategies to help students dig deeper into texts. Teachers shared their best advice on these topics: What close reading means to them How to select texts for close reading What types of assignments are good to practise close reading Paper and digital annotation

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Students need to be exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts during their educational careers. It is important that teachers select high quality and engaging non-fiction pieces to compliment any fiction works covered in class. Read this informative blog post from 2 Peas and a Dog to get ideas from other teachers about how they find and use non-fiction in their classrooms.

Using Non-Fiction Texts in the Middle and High School Classroom

Students need to be exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts during their educational careers. It is important that teachers select high quality and engaging non-fiction pieces to compliment any fiction works covered in class. Through non-fiction reading, students build background knowledge about the world. When students have

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