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5 Ways To Use Exit Tickets

5 Ways To Use Exit Tickets

I will be the first to admit that my lessons often ran over - and I didn’t give my students enough time to process what they had learned. I am a talker by nature, for better or for worse. I tried using formative assessments like a five finger check or having students...

Thankful Turkeys

Thankful Turkeys

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love that there is no pressure or expectations other than just being together. (Okay, perhaps just in my family, but none of us is competing for Top Chef either.) For me, Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and focus on your...

Teaching About Native Peoples

Teaching About Native Peoples

I have always been fascinated by people. I love talking to people and learning about their culture. Most students also find it interesting to learn about other countries and cultures. Teaching your class about Native Americans can be a unit that everyone enjoys. But...

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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?

5 Ways Teachers Can Celebrate the End of the Year

5 Ways Teachers Can Celebrate the End of the Year

COVID-19 has changed the way every teacher approaches education. We’ve had to quickly pivot our lives from in-person education to technology-based learning. This week, I want to look at how we can celebrate the end of the school year with the teachers we know and love.

7 Ways To Support Students Working At Home

7 Ways To Support Students Working At Home

In a very short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we educate students. With the novelty of E-Learning quickly wearing off, how do we help our students while we teach them from home?

Is Your Assessment Accessible to All Students?

Is Your Assessment Accessible to All Students?

This week, I want to focus on something that I never considered until it affected my family: test formats and learning disabilities. Are my assessments accessible to all of my students? 

How To Prepare Students for the FSA ELA Test

How To Prepare Students for the FSA ELA Test

Like many teachers, I don’t believe in “teaching to the test.” At the same time, knowing what to expect on the test is important to calm students’ nerves. What should teachers focus on?

How To Help Students Process A Historic Event

How To Help Students Process A Historic Event

To make students stop and think about current events as history, I designed Documenting History: Creating a Primary Source. This independent project integrates social studies, ELA, and 21st skills. It would work well in both a traditional classroom or in distance learning.

Google Classroom From A Student’s View

Google Classroom From A Student’s View

My son has used Google Classroom for a few years now and knows the ins and outs of it. We recorded a video of what Google Classroom looks like from a student’s perspective.

Test Review Can Be Fun!

Test Review Can Be Fun!

Reviewing for ELA standardized testing can be boring. I wanted my students to enjoy test prep. My favorite way to practice skills is through gameplay.

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!