This is a podcast for busy teachers who want to engage their students in meaningful hands-on learning. You will receive simple, innovative and practical teaching tips and ideas for teaching math, reading and writing.
How much time do you spend lesson planning every week? What if you could cut that time in half?
Lesson planning is a necessary evil of teaching. Some schools require super specific plans. If we are not careful this process can be a huge time sucker.
In this episode I am going to share three tips that made lesson planning quicker and more effective for me.
Using Year Long Bundles
Want to learn more about batching? Check out episode 33!
I tricked my students into half of a day of review worksheets! They had so much fun, that they didn’t realize how much work they doing.
The secret? A Super Bowl party!
In this episode I share the activities my students did at our Super Bowl party and the one thing that made my students excited to review! I will also share the fun foods that we enjoyed!
Check out my Super Bowl close read passages. They are perfect for your Super Bowl party!
In this episode, I am sharing three of my most important tips for teaching grammar in just 10 minutes per day.
Grammar does not replace writing.
Grammar needs to be taught in small pieces.
Grammar is easier with a routine.
Not So Wimpy Grammar Units:
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Are you planning to spend time reviewing classroom procedures during your first week back after break? In a perfect world, we can jump right back into routines in January and pick up right where we left off before winter break. Right?! If your mentality is to jump right back in, you may find yourself pulling out your hair because no one seems to remember your classroom procedures. Some of your students can jump right back in and remember your expectations. However, don’t assume that all of your students can. I encourage you to take some time to review your routines in a fun way so that you have a smoother transition into next quarter. In this episode, I share three different activities that make reviewing procedures more fun: Board Games Group Presentations Find Someone Who Click HERE to grab free board game cards and the Find Someone Who game. Fourth Grade Fifth Grade
December is a tough month in the classroom.
I know that you are busy squeezing in those standards, tests, and conferences. But you are also doing spirit weeks, making gifts for parents, shopping for gifts for students and even making crafts with glitter.
It’s no wonder you are tired and feeling inadequate.
Today’s episode is super short and super important.
You need to hear this one, my teacher friend!
In this episode, I quickly review this routine, but if you want to read more details, click HERE.
This routine helps the majority of the students in our classroom to be successful learning new tier 2 words, but we always have a few that continue to struggle. We need to differentiate our vocabulary instruction for those learners.
The good news is that it’s easy to differentiate our lessons to help those learners! In this episode, I share many suggestions.
Do you have students in your classroom family that do not celebrate the holidays?
Initially it can feel so challenging to plan your December classroom activities. You might not be able to put the Christmas tree up or read certain books. I know that can be a bummer when you have classroom traditions that you look forward to every year.
However, having a student that doesn't celebrate the holidays can be a huge opportunity.
What is teacher and staff morale like at your school? Is there a lot of positivity and teachers are happy to come to school? Or, is there a lot of negativity and frustration. Do teachers feel supported or do they feel like no one appreciates them?
Sadly many teachers feel like morale is low at their school.
There are so many things that we wish admin would do at our school to show that they trust us and appreciate us.
But today, we are changing the conversation.
Sometimes making these plans can seem redundant or less than lively, because it’s the same thing year after year. We talk about the Thanksgiving story, the Mayflower, and the feast. We have students write about what they are thankful for and make turkeys by painting their hands. It’s the same year after year.
Well if you are tired of doing the same Thanksgiving lessons over and over each year, imagine how many times your students have done them by the time they get to you. It’s getting old for them
Do you teach grammar during your writing workshop time? If I were to ask you what you are teaching in writing this week, would it be a list of grammar skills such as capitalization, punctuation, and parts of speech?
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My Grammar Routine: https://www.notsowimpyteacher.com/2017/08/my-ela-block-teaching-grammar-and.html
Teaching is tough work. You just can’t argue with that. It’s easy to get stressed out, overwhelmed and burn out.
Dawn shared five simple ways that busy teachers can manage their stress and overwhelm so that they can enjoy teaching more.
Balance Poses to Focus the Brain
How do you work best?
All of these tips are super simple and they don’t add extra things to your to-do list!
You can learn more from Dawn by heading to her website: www.dawnpensack.co
If you have been teaching for long, you have probably had an uncomfortable incident with a parent or two. It’s almost inevitable. Even the greatest teachers out there will have an angry parent from time to time. You certainly are not alone.
There are a few things that we can do to help to make it easier to handle these tough situations with parents.
In this episode, I share tips about the following:
changing your mindset
Why ditch the spiral review worksheets?
-They are boring and do not keep our learners engaged.
-They almost never match your pacing guide.
How should I spiral then?
-Build spiral review into your small group time.
-Give students review activities that are more engaging than a worksheet. I love to use centers and menus.
-Keep the task cards handy.
- Use Price of admissions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-1bTt76B52oY25VRDZEaWlHRkk/view?usp=sharing
Rounding seems like it would be a simple skill to teach, but those of you who have done it before know that it is anything but simple!
In this episode, I am excited to share several strategies and tips that will make your rounding lessons more effective.
1. Ditch the Rhymes
2. Start with Place Value
3. Number Lines
4. Circle and Underline
5. Hundred Chart
6. Real Life Stories
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There is no time! There is never any time!
Do you ever feel this way when you are looking at you long to do list?
You're not alone!
Years ago I learned the skill of batching and it completely changed the way that I work on tasks.
Batching is when you work on one specific task for a long chunk of time until it is complete rather than doing a little of everything with your time.
Do you start the year with a unit on how to write a paragraph?
It's pretty standard.
But I don't do it. I am kind of a rule breaker!
Let me tell you the two reasons that I don't start the year with paragraph writing and what I do instead.
Want more info about teaching writing? How about joining my online writing professional development course, Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass?
Get more info: www.notsowimpymasterclass.com
Questions? Email me at Jamie@notsowimpyteacher.com
Can you believe that we are already getting ready for back to school?!
The beginning of the school year is tough. We have so many procedures to teach and that can get boring. I have some fun ways to practice routines and expectations that your kiddos will love!
1. Model What NOT to Do
2. Students Do the Teaching
3. Procedure Board Games
4. Find Someone who
Free Printable Resources:
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Having a classroom library is a MUST, but it takes time to collect the right books and get them organized. In this episode I share:
-my favorite places to buy inexpensive books
-my favorite book series
-tips for organizing your books
-back to school books
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Are you a brand new teacher? Or are you a newish teacher who still feels brand new? I have some tips to help you to have a fantastic first year!
What to do when you get hired:
What to buy for your classroom:
Teacher Facebook Groups:
I am a planner addict and a bit of a planner snob. I admit it!
In this episode, I share the pros and cons of four different teacher planners that I have used and which one is my absolute favorite!
1. Happy Planner
2. Planners from Teachers Pay Teachers
3. Erin Condren: https://www.erincondren.com
4. Plum Paper: https://www.plumpaper.com
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a good book! And, call me crazy, but I love reading teacher professional development books. They help me to feel excited and refreshed.
The Essential 55 By Ron Clark
The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King
Learn Like a Pirate by Paul Solarz
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
Word Nerds by Brenda Overturf
Have you heard about the Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass? In this podcast, I am giving you all of the important info about the course including the modules, price and bonuses. But act fast because Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass is only available for a limited time! Enjoy!
Does teaching writing feel overwhelming? Do you feel like you don't know how to teach writing or even how to fit it into your day? Do you flat out hate teaching writing?
You aren't alone!
Teaching writing is super challenging and can leave you feeling stressed.
But, it doesn't have to be that way!
I am going to break through five of the myths that make teachers think that they hate teaching writing.
Are you reflecting on what went well this year and where you want to grow as an educator? So many teachers are wanting to be more effective writing teachers next year. It's such a tough subject to teach, but we are committed to improving! I have three simple steps that you can take NOW (while relaxing by the pool or vegging in your pajamas) that will help you to make positive changes in your writing instruction next year.
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Teaching writing in units is so valuable for our students! Instead of jumping between different genres or writing all year, consider dedicating a longer unit to each type of writing. In this episode, I will share some thoughts about units of study, the units you should teach and the order that I liked to teach my units.
Free What to Teach Writing Guide
Writing Units for Grades 2-5
How do you currently teach writing? Do you give prompts and projects? Do you have a center? Do you just do a little writing in social studies?
If that's the case, I want you to hear all of the reasons that you really NEED to add a writing workshop to your routine. (Spoiler Alert: Your students will be far better writers!)
Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass is coming on June 10th! Would you like to be notified when it is available? Use the link below:
Grading student writing samples can be so time consuming! It was always my least favorite thing to grade. I am sharing four strategies that made grading writing a little more manageable. Plus, I am giving you a FREE copy of my writing rubrics.
FREE Writing Rubrics:
Math centers have always been my jam. I can't think of a better way to teach and practice math skills in a diverse classroom. No matter what curriculum you use, math centers and small guided groups will make differentiation so much easier! In this episode, I share five of my favorite reasons for having math center time in your classroom.
Math Center Video Series:
Do your students need to review all of those language and grammar skills? Are you looking for free, low-prep and engaging ways to give them that review? I have several fun ideas for you!
Price of Admission:
I was the worst writing teacher. It's embarrassing, but I am all about being real. In this episode, I am sharing six of the big mistakes I made in my early years of teaching writing and the changes that I eventually made. If you are struggling with teaching writing, you are NOT alone! There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Happy teacher appreciation day! We are celebrating with a huge sale. On the podcast, I am sharing three tips for getting the most for your dollar during a TPT sale. Enjoy!
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Teachers in my Facebook groups are starting to ask for end of year student gift ideas. I want you to know that giving a gift to your students is NOT mandatory. Choosing not to give a gift does not mean that you don't love your students! But, if you do want to give a gift, make it meaningful. I have five simple and inexpensive gift ideas for you!
The end of the school year can be so busy and stressful. We have so many things on our to do list, but the most important thing should be having fun with our students and making memories that they will cherish! Theme days are the perfect way to have fun and still squeeze in some academic lessons. I have twelve different theme day ideas and suggestions for activities!
It's the end of the school year!
The end of the year can be super fun, but it can also be incredibly challenging!
How will you keep your students engaged at the end of the year? I have ten tips and activities to share with you that are sure to keep the kiddos learning and having a blast. The great news is that none of these activities will require much teacher prep.
Did you know that 1 out of every 5 students has dyslexia? Dyslexic students struggle with basic reading skills, writing, spelling and language. How can you identify a dyslexic student?
In this episode, I had the I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Hoover. Kelly spent 20 years in the classroom (grades 1, 2 and 3) and now she is a reading therapist. Kelly is passionate about helping dyslexic students and has all kinds of practical advice for any teacher!
I stopped using writing prompts and projects in my classroom. When I stopped telling my students WHAT to write about, amazing things happened in the classroom. Listen for the three reasons I ditched the prompts and answers to common questions including how to prep students for standardized writing tests.
Word problems! Yuck! They can be such a struggle. I'm excited to share my four step word problem solving process with you. Also, be sure to grab the FREE posters to go along with it at www.notsowimpyteacherpodcast.com
I love that Teachers Pay Teachers has thousands of resources that save me some valuable time and keep my students engaged and learning. But we aren't raking in the cash, folks. Let me give you some ideas that can save you money on TpT!
Do you struggle with what to teach during writing workshop? Do you read student writing and not know how to help them? I've got the perfect FREE resource for you!
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Writing about math helps to deepen your students' math understanding. It also helps them to just get better at word problems in general. But how do you teach students to write more than a word or two? I have a five step process for you!
Is test prep necessary? Do great teachers still need to do test prep with their students? The answer is simple: YES! Let me share some of my thoughts about standardized testing, three reasons why test prep is valuable and a fun test prep activity.