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As I love to read and have many fond memories of books from childhood, it makes sense that read-aloud time was one of my favorite things in the classroom.
To help everyone kick back, relax, and enjoy themselves, I am holding the Summer Fun Challenge from June 5 to August 6.
With targeted interventions and a supportive classroom environment, these students can begin to feel successful, which in turn helps motivate them to try.
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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.
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 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?
Games are underutilized in the classroom. After all, if we can make parts of learning fun, shouldn’t we?
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.
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?
If we only taught students what to think, we would be doing them a great disservice. Who wants to be told what to think?
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.
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.
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!
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!