Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

By Jamie Sears

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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.

Episode Date
Tips for Teaching Students to Round

Do you start the year with a math unit about place value and rounding?

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

Would you like some FREE rounding interactive notebook activities?

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Sep 16, 2019
Save Time Lesson Planning With Batching

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.

Batching your lesson plans has many benefits.
1. Reduces your start up time.
2. Simplifies your daily to do list.
3. It improves your focus and flow time.
4. Gives you time to prep your necessary materials that go along with your lesson plans.
5. Gives you time to find activities to fill the holes.

I used batching so that I could get four weeks of lesson plans done ahead of time. If you haven't been batching, then the original start up will take some time. But it is SO worth it!

Week One:
Plan four weeks of math and one week of reading, writing, science and social studies.
(This is the toughest week!)

Week Two:
Plan four weeks of reading and one week of writing, science and social studies.

Week Three:
Plan four weeks of writing and one week of science and social studies.

Week Four:
Plan four weeks of science and social studies.

Week Five:
Plan four weeks of math.

Week Six:
Plan four weeks of reading.

Week Seven:
Plan four weeks of writing.

Week Eight:
Plan four weeks of science and social studies.

And just continue this pattern so that you are always four weeks ahead on your planning and never having to plan for all subjects on a Sunday night.

Sep 10, 2019
Teaching Paragraph Writing

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?
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Aug 12, 2019
Practicing Classroom Procedures

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:
(At the end of the post)

Jul 29, 2019
Tips for Setting Up Your Classroom Library

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

Grab FREE book basket labels and check out a list of my favorite books:

Jul 22, 2019
10 Tips for New Teachers

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!

More Info:
What to do when you get hired:

What to buy for your classroom:

Teacher Facebook Groups:

Jul 15, 2019
Favorite Teacher Planner

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:
4. Plum Paper:

Jul 08, 2019
5 of my Favorite Teacher Professional Development Books

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.


In this episode, I am sharing about five of my very favorite teacher books and why I enjoyed each one of them.


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

Jul 01, 2019
What is Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass

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!

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Jun 17, 2019
How to Teach Writing Without Hating It

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. You are going to go from feeling overwhelmed and inadequate to feeling pumped up to get into the classroom and teach writing lessons that are effective!


Jun 10, 2019
3 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Writing Instruction Next Year

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.

Free Training:

Jun 03, 2019
Teaching Writing in Units of Study

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.

Resources Mentioned
Free What to Teach Writing Guide

Writing Units for Grades 2-5

May 27, 2019
Why You NEED a Writing Workshop

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!)

Make sure that you listen until the end because I have a BIG announcement! Woot!

Free Guide:

Writing Units:

Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass is coming on June 10th! Would you like to be notified when it is available? Use the link below:

May 20, 2019
Simple Tips for Grading Student Writing

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:

May 13, 2019
Why in the world do you need math centers?

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:

Math Practice Sites:

May 10, 2019
Simple Ways to Review Grammar Skills

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!

Grammar Units:

Price of Admission:

Free Posters:

May 09, 2019
6 Things I Screwed Up When Teaching Writing

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.

Free Guide:

Facebook Groups:

May 08, 2019
3 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a TpT Sale

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!


Promo code: GIFT4YOU


May 07, 2019
End of Year Tips from 18 Teachers

Check out these tips for behavior management and activities for the end of the year from 18 different experienced teachers!

May 03, 2019
5 Things You Need to Do Before Summer Break

I know that it is the end of the school year and you are super tired. However, if you do these five things now, you are going to be able to enjoy your summer break more!

May 02, 2019
13 End of Year Student Gift Ideas

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!

Student Awards:

May 01, 2019
12 End of Year Classroom Theme Days

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!

More information:

Apr 30, 2019
11 Keeping Students Engaged at the End of the Year

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.

Need more information about any of the activities that I mentioned? Click on this link to grab all of the details.

Apr 29, 2019
10 Helping Your Dyslexic Students

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? How can you help your dyslexic students?

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!

Overcoming Dyslexia:                              



Apr 22, 2019
09 Preparing for a Substitute

Preparing for a substitute teacher can be more work than just going to school sick. I have four tips that made my sub prep so much easier and improved my class behavior for the sub.

Apr 15, 2019
08 Why I Ditched the Writing Prompts

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.

Apr 08, 2019
07 Word Problem Solving (FREE POSTERS)

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

Apr 01, 2019
06 Seven Ways to Save Money on Teachers Pay Teachers

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!

Mar 25, 2019
05 What to Teach During Writing (FREE GUIDE!)

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!

Grab the guide:

Mar 18, 2019
04 How do you find time to teach writing?

Do you wish that you had more time to teach writing? I have some ideas! I hope I can help you to make time for a successful writing workshop.

Mar 11, 2019
003 Differentiating Grammar

Do you have any students who struggle with grammar? I have some tips for you!

My grammar units:

Mar 05, 2019
002 How to Teach Students to Write About Math

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!

Mar 05, 2019
001 Why bother with test prep?

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.

Feb 26, 2019
000 Welcome

Welcome to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast.

Feb 26, 2019