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5th Grade Math Test Prep Bundle

5th Grade Math Test Prep Bundle

Are your students getting tired of preparing for their tests? I know my son sure is. There comes a point in time where students (and teachers. AND parents) are just over talking about and prepping for testing.  We have done review after review, quick drills, practice...

Teaching Reading In Social Studies

Teaching Reading In Social Studies

I remember when the social studies and science teachers in my middle school were first told we had to start teaching reading skills. Our reaction was, “Who is helping us teach our standards?” At the time, the science of reading was not a common topic, and most middle...

How Being Stressed Can Change Test Scores

How Being Stressed Can Change Test Scores

Last week on the blog we looked at how stress affects the brain. Today we are going to discuss how stress can affect test scores.  Before we begin, a quick review on how stress changes the brain. When you get scared, shocked, or stressed you go into your “alligator...

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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!