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How to Plan Lessons More Effectively

How to Plan Lessons More Effectively

Take a moment and think about your lesson plans. Do you know what you are teaching next week? What about next month? Next quarter? Are you beginning to sweat because you aren’t sure? If your county is anything like mine, you receive very little planning time. Here,...

Differentiated Instruction With Mastery Grading

Differentiated Instruction With Mastery Grading

In mastery-based learning, students can self-evaluate, inquire, and accept criticism to develop their mastery of skills and objectives. Teaching your students to effectively participate in this process makes determining the learning needs of your students easier. Once...

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...

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How to Plan Lessons More Effectively

How to Plan Lessons More Effectively

Many times as teachers we end up trying to plan for a week at a time (maybe two if we are lucky), and rarely have time to consider any sort of long-range planning. If this situation sounds familiar, my advice would be to take time (sooner rather than later) and do a deep dive into your standards.

Differentiated Instruction With Mastery Grading

Differentiated Instruction With Mastery Grading

Teaching your students to effectively participate in this process makes determining the learning needs of your students easier. Once you know the learning needs of your students, you can differentiate instruction.

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.

Teaching With Paired Passages

Teaching With Paired Passages

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.

Ideas for a Snow Day in the Classroom

Ideas for a Snow Day in the Classroom

The weeks before and after a long holiday break can be really difficult to successfully navigate. But, I’ve rounded up some really fun ideas for an easy-prep snow day!

Fun Ways To Practice Math Skills At Home

Fun Ways To Practice Math Skills At Home

Students always want to know why they need to learn something (especially if it is difficult.) and showing them math “in the wild” is the perfect way to teach them.

Fever 1793

Fever 1793

Although teachers always look for new books to read with their students, many of us have a shortlist of favorites they pull out year after year. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is on the must-read list of many middle school teachers.

Easy & Inexpensive Student Gifts

Easy & Inexpensive Student Gifts

I’m sharing gift ideas that won’t break your bank and don’t take a lot of time and energy. Keep your sanity intact with these easy gift ideas!

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

How can your students take charge of their learning – instead of you doing it all? With my Student Checklists, both your and your students can easily track!

Learning Through Fun

Learning Through Fun

Today we are going to discuss tips for finding time to play 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!