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Strategies To Engage Students In Lessons

Strategies To Engage Students In Lessons

As a teacher, you work hard to get to know your students, build a classroom community, and learn the standards.  You also have to figure out how to present your lessons. How we organize our material can determine whether our students are engaged in the lesson or are...

Help Parents Feel More Like Partners

Help Parents Feel More Like Partners

Have you ever felt like you and your student’s families are at odds with each other? There are seasons when the dynamics of teachers and families feel very adversarial. Maybe a family is frustrated that their child’s teacher is unable to give one-on-one attention...

Straightforward Ways To Build Authentic Relationships With Students

Straightforward Ways To Build Authentic Relationships With Students

If you think about your student days, what do you remember the most? For me, the strongest memories of my education are the teachers that made me feel loved, encouraged, and supported.  But you know what else I remember? I remember the teachers that didn’t.  What I...

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Strategies To Engage Students In Lessons

Strategies To Engage Students In Lessons

I do believe that learning how to make your lessons more student-centered can make a world of difference. Here are some of my favorite strategies to get students engaged in learning.

Help Parents Feel More Like Partners

Help Parents Feel More Like Partners

It can be hard for teachers and families to get on the same page, but students need to know both families and teachers are on the same team: theirs. How can you make parents become partners with you in their student’s education journey?

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.

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?

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!