Category: Lesson Planning and Assessment

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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Use the chalk talk teaching strategy to get your whole class sharing their ideas.

Chalk Talk Teaching Strategy

The chalk talk teaching strategy is a great teaching technique to get the whole class sharing their ideas. This teaching strategy could also be called a silent discussion.  How Does The Chalk Talk Teaching Strategy Work? In the center of the chalkboard/whiteboard/chart paper write a question or keyword, post and

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

June Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA

June has arrived and you made it! You can use these June lesson plans for middle school ELA and end the year on a strong note. Remember you are just as ready for summer vacation as your students are. But before you can head out to the pool with a

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Don't mark 100 quizzes! Use entrance and exit tickets in your classroom to check your students' understanding. #assessment #lessonplans #middleschoolela #grading

Entrance and Exit Tickets Teaching Strategy

Entrance and exit tickets are a fantastic way to quickly get the status of your class. No one has time to create and give a quiz or a test every day to check their students’ understanding. This strategy is also known as bellwork but this takes bellwork and gives it

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

May Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA

  May lesson plans for middle school ELA are just as important as September’s lesson plans. May is finally here. And whether you are done at the end of this month or continue on through later June, May is a time of looking toward the future – for both you

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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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