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Review is good for students – but only if they are engaged and actively participate. Enter test prep games.
If you had taught my kids in middle school, you might not have even realized they both struggled with reading.
Let’s talk about a few ways we can teach students how not to stress over tests.
Have you heard of hexagonal thinking? Hexagonal thinking is an activity that allows individuals and teams to think about what they have learned and to make connections between ideas.
Teachers should stop reviewing for the test and use strategies to ensure students master skills and concepts.
I have “Best Practices” based on the experiences of students and children. Here are strategies for using novels effectively in your classroom
While I like a party day, I always found it difficult to “give up a day” in the name of fun. Instead, I used Valentine’s Day to my advantage.
Did you know explicit Greek and Latin morphological instruction is the most effective way to improve students’ English vocabulary?
Teaching with paired texts or passages can be daunting at first, but it really isn’t as hard as it seems – it just takes time.
As teachers know, one of the first things many students ask is, “Why do I need to know this? When will I ever use it?” Integrated learning shows students why.
I see teachers beginning to set healthy boundaries as they redefine their values. I have some suggestions that may help you.
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What can we do in our classroom that isn’t another animated film or “filler”? I found that boring activities led to behavior problems in the classroom.
Although teachers always look for new books to read with their students, many of us have a shortlist of favorites they pull out year after year. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is on the must-read list of many middle school teachers.
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!