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Teaching Native Peoples

It’s fall! I love fall – the weather starts to cool down (slowly, but I’ll take it.) It is also time for one of my favorite social studies units, the one on Indigenous peoples. Teaching about Native peoples unit can be rich and full of culture – or it can be full of...

Using Novels In The Classroom – A Summary

If you haven't seen, I created a video series on using novels in the classroom.  Here you can watch all the videos in one place!  This video is the introduction to the series. In this video, I discuss why you should use novels in the classroom.  In this video, I talk...

Assessing Comprehension Of Novels

Hi everyone! This is the eighth and final installment of my video series on using novels in the classroom. I've really enjoyed spending this time sharing with you how important it is to use novels in the classroom. In this video, I talk about how to assess...

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Teaching Native Peoples

Teaching Native peoples can be a tricky subject. How do you teach in an effective way that still honors the true history?

Using Novels In The Classroom – A Summary

If you haven't seen, I created a video series on using novels in the classroom.  Here you can watch all the videos in one place!  This video is the introduction to the series. In this video, I discuss why you should use novels in the classroom.  In this video, I talk...

Assessing Comprehension Of Novels

Hi everyone! This is the eighth and final installment of my video series on using novels in the classroom. I've really enjoyed spending this time sharing with you how important it is to use novels in the classroom. In this video, I talk about how to assess...

How to Integrate Opinion Writing into Social Studies Part 2

We recently worked on a project that integrated text-based writing with Florida history.  In this post, you will learn how the students formed an opinion, selected their evidence, and wrote their final essays. This project helped students both learn Florida...

How to Integrate Opinion Writing in Social Studies Part 1

For many students, opinion writing is really difficult.  All of them have opinions, but they don't know how to support it with facts.  Learning standards require students to use text-based evidence in their writing, so teachers should support students while they...

How to Develop a Unit Plan

Do you struggle to fit in all the standards you need to teach? Are you required to plan curriculum units but aren’t sure how to start? I am here to help!

First Day Tried & True Linky Party

Okay, hopefully you are excited about Back to School.  I have actually already started setting up my room, as my district starts teacher inservice on August 5th this year.  Getting into my room really helped get me excited about back to school.  I can't wait to read...

TPT Back to School Resources Link Up

Usually I am really excited to go back to school, but this year the summer really flew by!  (I am pretty sure getting up at 6AM to take my daughter to cross country practice had something to do with that.....)  I spent a lot of time reflecting on what worked...

Engaging Word Work

Since I will only be teaching language arts and social studies next year, I have been doing a lot of reading on best practices.  Many teachers are blogging about using the Daily 5 successfully, and I think I may give it a try next year.  When I...

Making Magic in the Classroom

Inspiration comes in the strangest places.  Mine came in Vegas while shopping for a gift for my son.  After looking at a lot of $30 t-shirts that I was NOT about to buy for a kid that ends up wearing every meal, I was desperate.  Desperate!  I...

Reflections on a School Year: What Worked!

I have to say that reading blogs and becoming part of the TPT community really helped me to find some great new classroom management and curriculum ideas.  (Okay, they were new to ME.)  Classroom management has never my best or easiest skill, and this last year was...

Visual Perception in Children

Have you ever had a student that struggled to identity letters or shapes?  Yes, some students do reverse letters, but I mean students that have a hard time even matching a cross with a cross or a circle with a circle.  This difficulty may be a sign that the...

Problems with Eye Movements

Have you ever had a students who moved his or her whole head when the read?  If you did, he or she looked a little bit like a chicken pecking corn. You probably wondered how in the world they could read like that.The answer: they couldn't.What are Eye...

Sign of Double Vision in Students

Double vision is fairly common among children.  It is estimated that about two children in every classroom have double vision.  Double vision is also called eye teaming.Like many other vision problems, signs of double vision become more prevalent after 3rd...

How to Make Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts: Clipboards

Okay, so I like to pretend that I am a craft-goddess when I can.  In my head I can make absolutely AMAZING things.  In real life....not so much.  I mean, I am not all thumbs, but I am definitely not giving Martha Stewart a run for her money.  So...

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!