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American History Interactive Notebooks

American History Interactive Notebooks

If your social studies classes are like mine were, your students frequently say things like: “This is so boring.” “Why do I need to learn this?” “I just can’t remember it.” Honestly, I could sympathize with my students. Although social studies became my favorite...

How To De-Stress Lesson Planning

How To De-Stress Lesson Planning

Do you feel like the bulk of your time as a teacher is spent planning your lessons?  I completely understand! When I first started teaching (and a few years after) planning and prepping for lessons took up a lot of my time - and when I say my time, I truly mean my...

My Favorite Ways To Prepare For A Substitute

My Favorite Ways To Prepare For A Substitute

Would you rather…. Go to school when you aren’t feeling 100% OR Figure out how to prepare for a substitute? Let’s face it, prepping for a sub can be so tough. There are moments when it feels easier to just deal with how you are feeling and teach.  But we have to be...

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American History Interactive Notebooks

American History Interactive Notebooks

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.

How To De-Stress Lesson Planning

How To De-Stress Lesson Planning

One of the biggest shifts that helped me with my lesson planning was when I stopped planning individual lessons and started developing units.

Learning Through Fun

Learning Through Fun

Today we are going to discuss tips for finding time to play in your classroom.

5 Ways To Use Exit Tickets

5 Ways To Use Exit Tickets

My teacher friend introduced me to exit tickets. Instead of a general check-in with students deciding how well they understood the lesson, the tickets had just a few targeted questions – no more than 3 – that hit the core concepts.

Thankful Turkeys

Thankful Turkeys

For me, Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and focus on your blessings. To capitalize on this, I made Thankful Turkeys to help my students reflect on what they had to be thankful for.

Teaching About Native Peoples

Teaching About Native Peoples

Teaching your class about Native Americans can be a unit that everyone enjoys. But when was the last time you examined your unit and updated it?

How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

Using primary and secondary source documents and images in lessons provides students with opportunities to develop vocabulary, critical analysis, comparison, verbal and written expression skills.

Creating Digital Review Games

Creating Digital Review Games

I’ve never met a student who didn’t like to play. Even though we know kids love to play, why should we incorporate games and play in the classroom?

Why Assign Book Reports

Why Assign Book Reports

Students tend to feel a certain way about book reports. Either they really enjoy them – or they really don’t enjoy them. Research shows that students who take the time to write about what they read become better readers.

5 Tips For Teaching Geography

5 Tips For Teaching Geography

When I started teaching geography, I had to figure out what worked for students and what didn’t. There is no magic formula that will work for every student.

Why Does My Student Struggle?

Why Does My Student Struggle?

One of the most frustrating things for both teachers and families is to have a struggling student and not know how to help. In fact, sometimes we don’t even realize a student is struggling!

Developing Students’ Note-Taking Skills

Developing Students’ Note-Taking Skills

Studies show taking handwritten notes helps the brain move information into long-term memory. How do we get our students to fully understand the benefits of note-taking?

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!