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We all have our go-to ways to start a lesson in our classroom. I rounded up my top 12 ways to get students’ attention as you start your lesson.
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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!