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The Whole-Teacher EclecticCon

Whole-Teacher EclecticCon 2021 is back and it’s going to be amazing! We believe that whole-child teaching starts with whole-teacher PD, and high-quality PD would be accessible & flexible to meet the needs of busy teachers.What is Whole-Teacher EclecticCon?A...

6th Grade Math BEST Standards

6th Grade Math BEST Standards

What can sixth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards? What are sixth grade students now expected to learn? Set your mind at ease, because I am going to break down the new sixth grade Math BEST...

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5th Grade Math BEST Standards

What can fifth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards? What are fifth grade students now expected to learn? Set your mind at ease, because I am going to break down the new fifth grade Math BEST...

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6th Grade Math BEST Standards

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What can sixth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

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What can fifth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

How to Prep for FSA: Valuable Tips for 5th Grade ELA

Soon testing will be here, and teachers want to make sure they have covered as many of the standards as possible. The 5th grade ELA standards are a pretty big step up in reading expectations. The good news is that teachers and reading coaches can focuses on a few...

How to Prep for FSA: Valuable Tips for 4th Grade ELA

This test prep season, prepare smarter not harder for FSA! In this post, I will unpack the 4th grade FSA English Language Arts (ELA) test specifications and analyze the 4th grade Florida standards. This will help both teachers and parents make sure their students are...

How to Prep for FSA: Valuable Tips for 3rd Grade ELA

As Florida teachers begin prepping for testing season, time is frequently an issue. The Florida Standards Assessments are rigorous tests, and students need be familiar with both the question styles and testing formats. Both teachers and parents can benefit from...

Hidden Gems: A Series of Unfortunate Events & FREEBIE

Now that Netflix has made A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket into a TV series, the books are making a comeback. Of course, they were wildly popular when they were first published!  The Bad Beginning, the first book in the series, is one of my very...

How to Teach Close Reading with Logic Puzzles

One of my favorite things in school was logic puzzles. I know many people dislike them, but they are the ultimate close reading activity. I used them all them time with my students to help improve their reading skills. To solve a logic problem, you have to closely...

How to Use Interactive Notebooks as Reading Support

 Interactive notebooks seem to be a love/hate issue with teachers. At first, I just thought they would waste a lot of class time. What I didn't realize was how much they would increase student engagement or how I could use them to support the content in...

Create Beautiful Valentine Mailboxes with Students

A great art project for Valentine's Day is designing a mailbox for students' valentines.  So many students really need to work on fine motor skills - even in 5th grade - and designing a valentine bag is a fun and easy project.  I used paper bags for mailboxes, but...

Improve Text-Based Essays in 5 Simple Steps

Are your students struggling to use evidence in their writing?  Are you preparing for a state writing test, such as MACS or FSA Writes?  Whether you are teaching DBQs or paired passages, teachers can use the TEACH method to break down the writing process.  The TEACH...

10 Must-Have Nonfiction Books for Every Elementary Classroom

Are you having trouble getting some students to read? For your fiction lovers, there are so many popular series right now - Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson to name a few.Some of your reluctant readers might prefer nonfiction. While there is...

10 Easy Ways to Use Photos in the Classroom

An easy way to freshen up your classroom is with photos!  Most phones today have a great camera, but instant cameras have also made a comeback.  Polaroid or Fuji cameras are both popular and relatively inexpensive instant cameras.  The convenience of...

The Ultimate Popular Music Guide for American History

Do you want to hook your students on American history?  Integrating music into social studies can be a great way to get kids interested in history.  Teachers can use both songs from the time period and songs about historical events.  Songs can be used as an...

5 Strategies for Struggling Readers

As much as I love to read, sometimes I dreaded teaching reading.  I was reading by four and everything in language arts came easily to me - it just clicked.  When I had students that didn't improve their reading with my strategies, I didn't understand why.  Now that I...

Hello! I’m Amy Mezni!

  • I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
  • I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
  • Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
  • Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
  • School should be fun! We party in my class!