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How To Destress Standardized Testing

How To Destress Standardized Testing

Testing is something I feel very passionate about. I have two children, and I taught for 20 years before I began homeschooling. I've seen how high-stakes testing has affected kids. I mean, we have kids who are so stressed out that they're throwing up on their...

More Test Taking Strategies To Start Teaching Your Students

More Test Taking Strategies To Start Teaching Your Students

Last week, we talked about ten different test-taking strategies your students can use on multiple-choice questions. This week, I thought we should discuss strategies to use when different types of test questions are given to students.  The most common question formats...

Test Taking Strategies To Start Teaching Your Students

Test Taking Strategies To Start Teaching Your Students

How many times has a test result shocked you?  Before the test, you knew the student knew the material - and yet their test results say otherwise.  This often happened to me at the beginning of my teaching career, and it puzzled me. If my students truly understood the...

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Easy & Inexpensive Student Gifts

Easy & Inexpensive Student Gifts

I’m sharing gift ideas that won’t break your bank and don’t take a lot of time and energy. Keep your sanity intact with these easy gift ideas!

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

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Learning Through Fun

Learning Through Fun

Today we are going to discuss tips for finding time to play in your classroom.

5 Ways To Use Exit Tickets

5 Ways To Use Exit Tickets

My teacher friend introduced me to exit tickets. Instead of a general check-in with students deciding how well they understood the lesson, the tickets had just a few targeted questions – no more than 3 – that hit the core concepts.

Thankful Turkeys

Thankful Turkeys

For me, Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and focus on your blessings. To capitalize on this, I made Thankful Turkeys to help my students reflect on what they had to be thankful for.

Teaching About Native Peoples

Teaching About Native Peoples

Teaching your class about Native Americans can be a unit that everyone enjoys. But when was the last time you examined your unit and updated it?

How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

How to Teach Using Primary Source Documents

Using primary and secondary source documents and images in lessons provides students with opportunities to develop vocabulary, critical analysis, comparison, verbal and written expression skills.

Creating Digital Review Games

Creating Digital Review Games

I’ve never met a student who didn’t like to play. Even though we know kids love to play, why should we incorporate games and play in the classroom?

Why Assign Book Reports

Why Assign Book Reports

Students tend to feel a certain way about book reports. Either they really enjoy them – or they really don’t enjoy them. Research shows that students who take the time to write about what they read become better readers.

5 Tips For Teaching Geography

5 Tips For Teaching Geography

When I started teaching geography, I had to figure out what worked for students and what didn’t. There is no magic formula that will work for every student.

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!