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Writing workshop is my jam! Teaching writing shouldn’t feel like a chore. In these articles, you will find helpful strategies for mini lessons, writing conferences, editing, grading, and so much more.

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12 Attention-Grabbing Ways To Begin Your Lesson

Lesson starters. Openers. Attention Grabbers. Hooks. Call them what you will, but we all have our go-to ways to start a lesson in our classroom.  Well, I rounded up my top 12 ways to get students' attention as you start your lesson. Top 12 Ways To Get Students'...

How To Support Your Struggling Readers

I love teaching. I really do! There are so many aspects of teaching that I enjoy and wouldn't change. But there is one thing I used to dread. I used to dread teaching students reading.  I never felt like I could give all of my students the help they needed. There were...

The Best Way to De-Stress Lesson Planning

Every year, teachers find themselves with more and more responsibilities – and less and less time to plan and grade. It often feels like there is no time to actually teach. Lesson planning is central to teaching, but it can take forever. Moreover, it can feel like a...

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The Best Way to De-Stress Lesson Planning

Planning units changed my teaching completely. I felt more in control of my class, because I knew what students needed to learn and how my lessons fit together. I no longer stressed about having plans each week, because I had plans ready for a few weeks. I felt more relaxed and effective.

How to Make Parents Partners

Parents and teachers want the same thing: students to be happy and successful at school. But teachers can misunderstand parents and assume they don’t care. Parents may have had a bad experience in school and are reluctant to trust schools. Read this blog for how to make parents partners in your classroom.

How to Make Testing Student-Friendly

Whether or not administrators and teachers mean to emphasize the test, the “test” has become the center of education. Read this blog post for ways to make testing student-friendly.

What is the Purpose of Standardized Testing?

Standardized testing does have a purpose, and, when used correctly, can be helpful to teachers, students, and parents. So, what exactly is the purpose of standardized testing?

3 Types of Classroom Assessment Every Teacher Should Use

Have you ever graded a set of tests and wondered why the grades weren’t better? In this post, I will focus on the three types that teachers can build into their instructional units: diagnostic, formative, and summative.

How to Use TEACH to Improve Student Essays

Although text-based essays can be difficult for students, they don’t have to. I use a standard form of teaching text-based essay writing that I believe works well!

How To Teach Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is one of my favorite science fiction novels for upper elementary students. Read this blog for ideas on how to teach this novel!

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!