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Why Middle Grades Teachers Need to Teach Phonics

Why Middle Grades Teachers Need to Teach Phonics

As an upper elementary and middle school teacher, I always saw phonics instruction as a primary grade responsibility. By the time students reached me, I believed students were ready to dive into reading comprehension. After all, don’t they say fourth grade is when...

Why You Should Ditch the 2-Hour Reading Block

Why You Should Ditch the 2-Hour Reading Block

Have you ever struggled to cover all your content with a two-hour (or longer) reading block? I definitely did. I actually remember when my district declared elementary classes were required to have a minimum of two hours for reading. My teammates and I spent hours...

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How To Edit Locked PDF Files

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Why Middle Grades Teachers Need to Teach Phonics

Why Middle Grades Teachers Need to Teach Phonics

As an upper elementary and middle school teacher, I always saw phonics instruction as a primary grade responsibility. By the time students reached me, I believed students were ready to dive into reading comprehension. After all, don’t they say fourth grade is when...

Why You Should Ditch the 2-Hour Reading Block

Why You Should Ditch the 2-Hour Reading Block

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Getting Started With Hexagonal Thinking

Getting Started With Hexagonal Thinking

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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!