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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
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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.
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!
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?
|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
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|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:
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!
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
|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!
|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.
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|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.
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!
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 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!
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|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.
|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!
|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!
|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: https://amzn.to/2KTc7zz
|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 www.notsowimpyteacherpodcast.com
|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: Bit.ly/NotSoWimpyGrammar
|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|
Welcome to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast.
|Feb 26, 2019|