FYFF- 2 Peas and a Dog

This week Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog has advice: 


Thank you for considering me for your teacher feature.

I have been teaching for five and half years in Ontario, Canada. I started my career in a Special Education classroom and have moved into teaching rotary subjects. Over the years I have taught many different subjects including: Library, English, Math, Science, Health, Computers, Geography and History to both Grade 7 and 8 students.

Best Tip for Management:

The best classroom management tip is to get to know your students. They are not just a name on a class list. Greet them at the door when they arrive, and send them to their next class with a good bye at the door. Students like teachers who can relate/make connections between curriculum and topics of interest to them.

Must Have School Supply:

Sticky Notes and Highlighters

Blogs I follow (and you might want to as well 😉


How to stay organized?

I write my day plans in pencil and then finalize them in pen. I also photocopy all of my sheets for a unit at the same time. That way I do not have to run to the photocopy room daily. I have photos of my organization system here:

Stress Management Advice:

Network with other teachers both professionally and socially. It is important that you keep up your hobbies and passions even when the marking and planning load seems to be the size of a cruise ship.

Interview Tip:

Practice and rehearse your answers to common interview questions first in a mirror, then in front of a peer who can provide constructive feedback.

Advice for first year of Teaching:

Start brainstorming report card comments early and keep really detailed anecdotal notes to make writing learning skills easier.

* I had to write report cards for my long term subs and this is definitely some great advice! There are some great books out there as well to help with this!

Want to check out more of Kristy, here are some links to her blog, Pinterest, store:

2PeasAndADog Blog

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/2peasandadog/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2peasandadog/ 
TPT Store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/2peasandadog 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2peasandadog

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  1. Kristy @ 2peasandadog on April 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks Amber for having me guest blog today!

  2. Ms.M from Teachingisagift on April 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Thanks to you both! I appreciate the shoutout Kristy! You are a bloggers BFF! I love your blog too!

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