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Research shows that writing notes by hand and interacting with information being learned increases comprehension and retention. My students’ scores supported those findings, and my love of interactive notebooks began.
One of the biggest shifts that helped me with my lesson planning was when I stopped planning individual lessons and started developing units.
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Testing season is coming quickly. How do we keep our students focused as we inch closer and closer to testing and the end of the school year?
If used well, Spring Break can be the perfect time for you to fill your bucket up so you feel refreshed and ready for the rest of the year
This switch to fact-based writing in elementary grades is one of the biggest changes I’ve seen since I started teaching.
Have you heard of hexagonal thinking? Hexagonal thinking is an activity that allows individuals and teams to think about what they have learned and to make connections between ideas.
Teachers should stop reviewing for the test and use strategies to ensure students master skills and concepts.
I have “Best Practices” based on the experiences of students and children. Here are strategies for using novels effectively in your classroom
While I like a party day, I always found it difficult to “give up a day” in the name of fun. Instead, I used Valentine’s Day to my advantage.
Did you know explicit Greek and Latin morphological instruction is the most effective way to improve students’ English vocabulary?
Teaching with paired texts or passages can be daunting at first, but it really isn’t as hard as it seems – it just takes time.
As teachers know, one of the first things many students ask is, “Why do I need to know this? When will I ever use it?” Integrated learning shows students why.
I see teachers beginning to set healthy boundaries as they redefine their values. I have some suggestions that may help you.
New Year’s is often seen as a new beginning or a fresh start. So how can you start fresh in your classroom?
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!