Category: Lesson Planning and Assessment

Digital ELA Lessons for Middle School ELA

Creating meaningful digital ELA lessons can be a challenge. First, you need to plan an interesting and standards-based lesson, then you need to make it work with technology. One of my favourite ways to take my pen and paper lessons and move them into digital ELA lessons is to use

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Preparing students for middle school does not have to be challenging. Check out these 10 tips to make the transition from elementary to middle school less stressful from 2 Peas and a Dog.

Preparing Students for Middle School

Preparing students for middle school can be a challenge, but it does not have to be. Check out these middle school prep tips to help students with the transition from elementary school to middle school. These tips are for elementary teachers, middle school teachers and families. It takes a village

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Use these April lesson plans for middle school ELA classes to help reduce your planning workload from 2 Peas and a Dog.

April Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA

April lesson plans for middle school ELA need to be VERY engaging. April can be a difficult month. Spring has arrived, and students (and their teachers) find the pull of the warm breezes and golden sunshine more than a little enticing.  With this draw away from the classroom, it becomes

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Online learning can be stressful. Use these ideas to make online learning for English Language Arts work for teachers and students. Try these online learning ideas for kids. Middle school online learning can work - don't get discouraged and try these ideas and lessons from 2 Peas and a Dog.

Online Learning For English Language Arts

Online learning for English Language Arts is not easy for parents, teachers or students.  I never thought that a global trend of remote teaching would occur. Even though technology advances daily, the social benefits of attending a brick and mortar school are amazing. Literally overnight the world changed.  Last Thursday

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Stop boring lessons and class discussions! Learn how to use the Concentric Circles teaching strategy in your classroom.

Concentric Circles Teaching Strategy

The concentric circles teaching strategy is a great tool to keep in your lesson planning toolbox. It is a different format for class discussions or reviewing concepts. How Does The Concentric Circles Teaching Strategy Work? Divide the class in half.  Have the students in the first half form a circle

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Use these March lesson plans for middle school ELA classes to help reduce your planning workload from 2 Peas and a Dog. #lessonplans #middleschoolELA #englishlanguagearts #middleschool

March Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA

March lesson plans for middle school ELA need to help students focus on their studies as the excitement of Spring Break is in the air. Let’s talk about March lesson plans for middle school ELA. During the month of March, my classes focus on two very important skill sets: Symbolism

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Effective middle school classroom management is key to having a successful teaching experience. Learn how to create a classroom space that has interactive components that engage students. #interactivelearning #classroommanagement #middleschoolela #middleschoolsocialstudies #middleschoolteachers

Effective Middle School Classroom Management

Effective middle school classroom management can take on many forms. One of the best ways beyond creating solid routines for your students is to create a classroom space that has interactive components that engage students. I am not talking about transforming your class classroom into a giant Lego wall –

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Article of the Week Resources for Middle School.

Article of the Week Resources

It can be a challenge to find engaging article of the week resources. To see how I structure my program in a middle school classroom, check out this article.  Below is a list of great free and paid resources to help teachers find interesting articles to support their article of

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