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How To Successfully Write Constructed Response Essays

How To Successfully Write Constructed Response Essays

Do you remember the last time you took an exam?  Think back to that feeling in your gut as you walked into that room, with only your pencil, blank paper, and mind to accomplish your goal of an A+ (or a passing grade).  Are you sweating a little bit?  Think then, how...

A Guide to Dyslexia & Vision Processing Disorders

A Guide to Dyslexia & Vision Processing Disorders

Did you know that 80% of children with a diagnosed learning disability are estimated to have an undiagnosed vision problem?! Many of our students struggle in the classroom with one thing or another, but sometimes it is difficult for parents and teachers to identify...

Learn How to Prep for Testing Now to Avoid Stress Later

Learn How to Prep for Testing Now to Avoid Stress Later

Whether you want to think about it or not, testing season will be here before you know it!  Testing season can be incredibly stressful for both teachers and students, but I’ve found that the earlier I began prepping my kids, the more relaxed they (and I) felt! The...

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Reflections on a School Year: What Worked!

I have to say that reading blogs and becoming part of the TPT community really helped me to find some great new classroom management and curriculum ideas.  (Okay, they were new to ME.)  Classroom management has never my best or easiest skill, and this last year was...

Visual Perception in Children

Have you ever had a student that struggled to identity letters or shapes?  Yes, some students do reverse letters, but I mean students that have a hard time even matching a cross with a cross or a circle with a circle.  This difficulty may be a sign that the...

Problems with Eye Movements

Have you ever had a students who moved his or her whole head when the read?  If you did, he or she looked a little bit like a chicken pecking corn. You probably wondered how in the world they could read like that.The answer: they couldn't.What are Eye...

Sign of Double Vision in Students

Double vision is fairly common among children.  It is estimated that about two children in every classroom have double vision.  Double vision is also called eye teaming.Like many other vision problems, signs of double vision become more prevalent after 3rd...

How to Make Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts: Clipboards

Okay, so I like to pretend that I am a craft-goddess when I can.  In my head I can make absolutely AMAZING things.  In real life....not so much.  I mean, I am not all thumbs, but I am definitely not giving Martha Stewart a run for her money.  So...

Vision Accommodation In Children

With my son, we were very responsible.  He always went to yearly check-ups, and when he turned five I took him for his vision eye exam.  He had 20/20 vision until 2nd grade, when he was prescribed glasses for 20/25 vision. I was so excited - maybe this was...

Why Won’t My Student Read?

Have you ever had a student that seemed bright, but just refused to read or made silly mistakes when he or she read?  That was my son.Don't Compare Your ChildrenOn the one hand I had my daughter. My daughter began reading about halfway through kindergarten and...

Easy Ways to Teach Prefixes

Hey Everyone, If you are like me, testing is just around the corner.  My class this year is fairly strong in reading, but not in math.  Since I am spending so much time on math, I want to make sure that I am really focusing on the language arts...

3 Fun Activities to Use Before Winter Break

When does your winter break start?  We have the entire week of Christmas off, so we are down to 5 days. But as any teacher knows, each day will get harder and harder as the kids get crazier.  What do you do to keep the kids on task? Last week I made a list of what I...

How to Make Personalized Ornaments for Your Class

Are you crafty?  Do you enjoy staying up late and creating pretty things?  I know I do - although they are not always as pretty as I saw in my mind's eye.Last year, I made two different types of ornaments - one that the students finished and one that I made...

Fall Fun – A Lesson Deli Linky!

  Holy cow! Can you believe that we are already in November?  This school year is flying by! Are you looking for some terrific resources?  The Lesson Deli is sponsoring weekly linkys.  This week we are featuring fall-themed products. My school does not really...

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!