Holiday Drama Lesson

Since last week in Drama class, we have been working on an assignment inspired by the book: A Porcupine in a Pine Tree – A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas Assignment: 1. The students got into groups of 4…

Data Management Lesson – Census At School

When teaching data management I want to ensure my students are using data in a meaningful way and not just using the data sets from our textbook. I found The Census at School Project on the recommendation of several colleagues. …

TIPS4RM – Free Math Units Grades 7-12

Looking for free math units? The Government of Ontario a few years ago developed this really great resource called “Targeted Implementation and Planning Supports for Revised Mathematics (TIPS4RM)”  TIPS4RM In daily life who can remember such a long name?…

Sticky Notes + Reading Material = Increased Comprehension

Something magical happens to students’ brains when they are given sticky notes to use while they are reading. I have used this sticky note strategy for lessons in all subjects. It is because of this magic that every year…

Keeping middle school students engaged during reading can be challenging. This blog post provides several suggestions on how to increase engagement during guided reading from the 2 Peas and Dog blog.

Intermediate Guided Reading

A challenge teachers face when working with middle school students during guided reading is ensuring the material meets their interests and reading levels. I have been on the lookout for really good guided reading ideas.    Here is a…

Making Real Connections – the real deal

Getting students to move beyond literal reading comprehension can sometimes be a challenge. Our next major literacy focus in my classroom is Making Connections. We are moving beyond text-self connections (boy in book has a dog, I have a…