Students find determining what's important challenging. Use this strategy to increase their confidence.

What’s Important Teaching Strategy

The what’s important teaching strategy is a fantastic way to help students learn. It can be hard for students to determine what’s important in their classroom readings. Use this strategy to help them become confident readers of informational texts.  How Does The What’s Important Teaching Strategy Work? Prepare the text

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Engaging and relevant digital back to school activities for middle school students from 2 Peas and a Dog.

Digital Back to School Activities for Middle School

It is officially back to school season. This year will look a little different than previous years given the different health regulations to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. I have compiled a list of digital back to school activities for middle school students in this article. The activities can

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Full Year Lesson Plans For Middle School ELA from 2 Peas and a Dog

Full Year Lesson Plans For Middle School ELA

Are you looking for full-year lesson plans for middle school ELA? Finding quality middle school lesson plans can be a challenge. Many things online are either too young for this age group or too complicated. The lesson plans listed below have been used in my Grade 7 & 8 classroom

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Teach middle school? Check out these fantastic middle grades books recommendations.

Fantastic Middle Grades Books Recommendations

Check out these fantastic middle grades books recommendations. I asked the Instagram teacher community for classroom library recommendations and they came back with this amazing list. I can’t wait to add these to my Grade 7 and 8 classroom library. This blog post contains affiliate links that are of no

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Why You Should Use Podcasts In Middle School?

Podcasts are a fantastic way to consume information and get free entertainment. I love using podcasts in middle school. Students like lesson variety and using podcasts provides an additional way of getting information. Why Should You Use Podcasts in Middle School? They are short pieces of content. They are not

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Digital Learning in the English Language Arts Classroom

Digital learning in the English Language Arts classroom can be a challenge if you are not prepared. Teachers learned a lot about digital learning during the 2020 Covid-19 emergency digital learning that occurred.  Below are my top 3 tips for digital learning. 1. Giving students choices is very important in

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Use the jigsaw teaching strategy to engage your students and give them more ownership of their learning.

Jigsaw Teaching Strategy

The Jigsaw teaching strategy gives students more ownership of the learning process and they must learn content and teach it to their peers. How Does The Jigsaw Teaching Strategy Work? Divide your class into groups of three to six students.  Group sizes will depend on the nature of the class

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