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10 Free (And Socially Distant) Ways to Recharge Over the Holidays

10 Free (And Socially Distant) Ways to Recharge Over the Holidays

Take a deep breath everyone, because you made it to winter break!  For better or worse, COVID has changed everything about teaching this year, and man, have some of those changes been stressful!  This winter break is probably the most needed in the history of...

How to Help Students Set Meaningful Goals

How to Help Students Set Meaningful Goals

We are finally saying goodbye to 2020! This year has been full of twists and turns that have changed the way we look at the world.  With a year as crazy as this one (and with so many unknowns still on the horizon), the new year may seem equal parts exhilarating and...

Have a “Snowy Day” in Your Upper Elementary Classroom

Have a “Snowy Day” in Your Upper Elementary Classroom

The weeks before and after a long holiday break can be really difficult to successfully navigate.  On the one hand, you completely understand how easy it is to get distracted. After all, aren’t we all thinking about the upcoming winter break? But we know that teachers...

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How to Help Students Set Meaningful Goals

How to Help Students Set Meaningful Goals

The weeks before and after a long holiday break can be really difficult to successfully navigate. But, I’ve rounded up some really fun ideas for an easy-prep snow day!

Make Your Classroom Sensory Friendly

Over the past year, I read a few articles that discussed making classrooms less visually stimulating for learners.  They discuss how walls cluttered with posters actually distract learners rather than helping them.  However, I think these studies miss the...

Hidden Gems: Dear Hank Williams

For this week's Hidden Gems selection, I picked  Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt.  I found this when I was looking at our library's new book shelf, and the title just grabbed me.  This historical fiction novel is set in Louisiana after World...

Hidden Gems: Children of the Dustbowl

For me, one of my absolutely favorite times of the day is read aloud time.  Sometimes I have students make suggestions, but other times I picked the book.  Hidden Gems is a new blog series that will feature great read alouds and mentor texts that students...

7 Time Saving Tips for Interactive Notebooks

If you are like me, when you first heard of interactive notebooks you probably thought, "Who has time for kids to cut and glue all the time?"  However, there are a few simple strategies that teachers can use to help save time when using interactive notebooks.1....

How to Use Interactive Notebooks in Social Studies

After years of teaching online, I returned to the classroom a few years ago.  I had read so many blog posts about interactive notebooks, but I just couldn’t get myself to use them.  I mean, just how did those teachers get the kids to cut and...

Use Classroom Presentations to Engage Parents and Students

We worked so hard on our opinion writing pieces that we held an open house.  (Actually, I figured out that students tried a lot harder if they knew other people were coming to see their work.)  We scheduled the open house after our award ceremony, so we had...

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

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...

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!