Category: Lesson Planning and Assessment

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

February Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA

February lesson plans for middle school ELA need to help students stay energized during this dreary winter month. February is here, and with it comes the hearts, candy, and flowers that signal Valentine’s Day. Today let’s talk about something else that many of us have passion for – teaching.  Let’s

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Make your English class fun with these 10 tips from experienced ELA teachers from 2 Peas and a Dog. #englishlanguagearts #middleschoolELA #highschoolELA #englishclass

10 Tips for Making English Class Fun

When was the last time you thought about making English class fun? When you think of your English class growing up what images come to mind? Sitting in your chair, listening to the teacher talk about whatever novel you are studying.  My favourite memory of English class was a “Lord

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

January Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA

January lesson plans for middle school ELA need to help students refocus on their studies. The excitement of the holiday season is over and the testing season will soon arrive. January can feel a little glum after the festivities of December.  Add to that – those cold days and long,

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Assessment is a critical part of any teacher’s job. Read about five different quick assessment strategies that will provide the teacher with insight into their students’ learning from 2 Peas and a Dog. #assessment #grading #middleschool

Quick Assessment Strategies

Using a variety of assessment strategies is an important part of any teacher’s job. They need to know if their students are understanding and retaining the lessons taught in class. As teachers time is something we always need more of – but can never seem to grasp. Below are five

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