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
5 Mistakes Teachers Make When Teaching Writing

Welcome back to The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! I am back this week to continue our series on teaching writing. In today’s episode, I am sharing about the 5 mistakes I see teachers making when teaching writing. Don’t get me wrong, I have made these same mistakes too, but I’m going to break them down for you so you can become more confident when teaching writing. Let’s dive in!


In this episode I talk about:

  • How we unintentionally decrease our student’s love for writing
  • The importance of spending time on revision
  • Less perfection, more celebration


...and so much more!


If you’re interested in diving deeper into The Not So Wimpy Writing Process, stay tuned for my upcoming online professional development course. It’s called The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass and in it, I dive deep into the process we talked about in this episode today. The course will only be available for a short time in June so be sure to get on the waitlist so you don’t miss out! 


To take the FREE quiz that I mentioned in this episode head to


Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!

Jun 01, 2020
3 Ways to Have More Fun Teaching Writing

Welcome back to another episode of The Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! This week we are continuing on with our series on writing curriculum. I have had so many teachers tell me how much they HATE teaching writing. They don’t feel confident when they teach writing and that makes total sense. As humans, we don’t like doing things that we don’t know how to do or don’t feel confident doing, right? So in today’s episode, I am going to share 3 tips that you can use to make teaching writing more fun for YOU. We always talk about making things fun for our students, but today is all about you. Let’s dive in!


In this episode I talk about:

  • How to make teaching writing fun for the teacher, not just the student
  • Giving students a choice
  • Growth over perfection
  • Investing in trainings to become more confident as a writing teacher


If you’re interested in diving deeper and want to become a more confident writing teacher, stay tuned for my upcoming online professional development course. It’s called The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass and in it, I dive deep into all of the things we talked about in today’s episode. The course will only be available for a short time in June so be sure to get on the waitlist by heading to so you don’t miss out! 


Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!


May 25, 2020
How to Make Writing Workshop Less Chaotic

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! For the past few weeks, I have been talking on the topic of writing curriculum. This week, we are talking about writing workshops, specifically how to make them less chaotic. I’ve heard so many teachers complain about how their writing workshops are a hot mess. I completely understand because I had that issue for a long time until I created The Not So Wimpy Writing Process. If you feel like your writing workshops are a hot mess, this episode is for you. 


In this episode I talk about:

  • The traditional model of the writing workshop
  • How I took that model and made it my own
  • How The Not So Wimpy Writing Process works
  • The “Extra Stories”
  • How this process is an incredible combination of structure and encouraging independence


If you’re interested in diving deeper into The Not So Wimpy Writing Process, stay tuned for my upcoming online professional development course. It’s called The Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass and in it, I dive deep into the process we talked about in this episode today. The course will only be available for a short time in June so be sure to head to so you don’t miss out! 


Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources at and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!

May 18, 2020
How to Turn Boring Writing Curriculum into Fun and Engaging Lessons

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast! In today’s episode, we are talking all about how to teach writing to our students in a fun and engaging way. When I talk about teaching writing, I often hear teachers say, “But I HATE my curriculum. It’s so boring.” I totally get it. So in Episode 57, I am going to teach you three strategies that you can use to turn boring curriculum into fun lessons that you AND your students will enjoy. Are you ready? Let’s dive in.

In this episode I cover:

  • The truth about writing curriculum
  • The magic of the mini-lesson
  • Steps to preparing a mini-lesson
  • The power of giving students A LOT of choices
  • Daily share time

Ready to take this a step further? Click here to get on the waiting list for our upcoming course, the Not So Wimpy Writing Masterclass, that will be available in June!

For more teacher tips and tricks, head over to the Not So Wimpy Teacher website.

Want to connect outside of the podcast? Give me a follow on Instagram. I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts on writing curriculum.

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May 11, 2020
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation

It’s Teacher Appreciation week!

I know that things are very different this year, but I wanted you to feel extra spoiled and loved. After all, you are pretty darn amazing!

I planned a HUGE week of giveaways, promotions and freebies.

I explain it all in this episode.


50% off End of Year Awards 9-10 PST

50% off Math Journals 11-12 PST

50% off Grammar Bundles 1-2 PST

Resource Giveaways one hour before each sale!


25% off everything in my store

Giving away ten $10 TPT gift cards


25% off everything in my store

Giving away three Not So Wimpy Teacher cups


20% off everything in my store

Giving away twenty $10 TPT gift cards


Special freebie for everyone!

May 04, 2020
Increasing Writing Test Scores

I’m back and I’m excited to get back to business!

Let’s chat about how we can help our students to be better writers and pass the writing standardized tests next year.

I have four tips for you...

Get your Free Writing Guide here.

Apr 20, 2020
Make Your Reading Lessons More Engaging

Are your students truly engaged in your whole group reading lessons? Are they excited to read and talk about text together?

If not, no worries! I’ve got you covered with three of my favorite ways to make your reading lessons more engaging.

  • Read Alouds
  • PowerPoint Lessons
  • Reading Interactive Notebooks

Reading Units and Centers MEGA BUNDLE

Mar 09, 2020
Test Prep Review Games

Test prep is 100x more fun when you incorporate games into your review! In this episode, I am going to share several fun games that you can use to review math, language or reading skills before testing. All of these games are simple to prep and plan!

  1. Connect Four
  2. Jenga
  3. Stinky Feet
  4. Cups
  5. Candyland
Mar 02, 2020
Math Test Prep Activities

Testing is no fun, but test prep can be loads of fun!

In this episode I share math test prep activities that are easy to prep and will have your students begging for more review time.

  1. Math Test Prep Centers
  2. Trashketball
  3. Stinky Feet
  4. Fraction Madness
  5. Kahoot
Feb 24, 2020
Reading Test Prep Activities

Making test prep fun and meaningful can be a challenge. But you have me, and I take care of you! I have collected some reading test prep activities that your students will enjoy! I dare say that you might even have some fun!

In this episode, I share five different activities that you can. use for reviewing reading skills and standards before testing.

  1. Reading Test Prep Centers
  2. Reading Gallery Walk
  3. Prosecution and Defense
  4. Text Dependent Writing
  5. Work Hard. Play Hard.
Feb 17, 2020
Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Will you be celebrating black history in your classroom?

I am a white teacher and I taught at a predominately white school. I am being very vulnerable here when I tell you that I felt uncomfortable teaching black history. I was scared that I would say the wrong thing, choose the wrong book, or offend someone. I wanted to be culturally sensitive, but I wasn’t always sure how to go about it.

Have you ever felt that way too?

I hear ya.

On this episode, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat very Vera Ahiyya- also known as the Tutu Teacher. Vera is a kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn and she is passionate about helping teachers to be more diverse in the classroom.

Some of my big takeaways from this conversation with Vera:

  • Black History Month is a great time to celebrate the history of blacks and not just a time to talk about civil rights and slavery. Share stories of the beautiful and not just the hardships.
  • Use books as a platform to have conversations about black leaders and heroes such as artists and musicians. Black History Month is a great time to start the conversation, but then you can think about how you can weave more stories into the curriculum throughout the year.
  • Your job is to teach every student and be inclusive. Even if you teach at a predominately white school, you still have an obligation to include all of the people of the world. You can’t help kids to be better if you are exclusionary.
  • If you are uncomfortable with teaching black history then you must educate yourself. Vera recommends that teachers read the book Stamped by Jason Reynolds.
  • Never have students reenact or do a role play of enslaved people. It is offensive. Slavery should not be made into a board game.
  • Vera recommends using the resource Teaching Tolerance.
  • Do a survey of your classroom library!

I also asked Vera to share some of her favorite culturally sensitive picture books that teachers should add to their classroom library. Here are links to the books that she recommended.

Sometimes it is uncomfortable to have conversations about topics like this. But being uncomfortable is an opportunity for growth. Ignoring black history would be a shame.

If you want to learn more about Vera, you can find her on Instagram:

Feb 11, 2020
Presidents Day Activities for the Classroom

Presidents Day is coming up!

Are you bored with doing the same ol’ activities every year? Are you looking for some unique ideas that will engage your students?

In this episode, I am sharing three activities that are fun and academic.

  1. Presidents Day Interactive Notebook: 
  2. Show and Tell: 
  3. Lego Monuments


Feb 03, 2020
Valentine’s Day Activities for the Classroom

What kinds of Valentine’s Day activities will you be doing in the classroom this year? I am always looking for new and creative ideas that will interest my students.

In this episode, I share some fun activities that your students will love!

  1. Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

2. Valentine’s Day Paper Bag Book

3. Valentine’s Day STEM activities.

You can learn more about these ideas from Little Bins Little Hands by clicking HERE.   

4. Valentine’s Day Lego Challenges

Click HERE to grab some FREE Valentine’s Day Lego challenge cards.

5. Kiss Writing

Click HERE to grab the FREE kiss writing paper.

6. Kindness Activities

The Jelly Donut Difference.

Kindness Rocks Project

7. I Love You More Than…poem

Click HERE to grab FREE printables for this poem.

Jan 20, 2020
3 Ways to Save Time Lesson Planning

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.

  1. Batching
  2. Using Year Long Bundles
  3. Collaboration

Want to learn more about batching? Check out episode 33!

Jan 20, 2020
Super Bowl Classroom Party

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!

Football Close Read Passages:

Jan 13, 2020
Teaching Grammar in 10 Minutes Per Day

How do you teach grammar?

Most teachers in my Facebook groups are complaining that grammar takes way too long to teach and their students aren’t remembering the skills that are being taught. We have fourth graders who are still struggling with identifying nouns. That’s tough when they have so many more complex language standards to master!

It is true that grammar is a challenge to teach, but it is also true that you can make it easier!

In this episode, I am sharing three of my most important tips for teaching grammar in just 10 minutes per day.

  1. Grammar does not replace writing.
  2. Grammar needs to be taught in small pieces.
  3. Grammar is easier with a routine.

Next, I’m sharing the routine that I used and several tips that made each day work.

Monday: Mini Lesson with a PowerPoint

Tuesday: Interactive Notebook

Wednesday: Writing

Thursday: Task Card Scoot

Friday: Assessment

Finally, I have created grammar units that include PowerPoints, interactive notebooks, task cards and assessments.

Not So Wimpy Grammar Units:

Third grade:

Fourth Grade:

Fifth Grade:

Jan 06, 2020
Reviewing Classroom Procedures After Winter Break

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:

  1. Board Games
  2. Group Presentations
  3. Find Someone Who

Click HERE to grab free board game cards and the Find Someone Who game.

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Dec 31, 2019
Dear Tired Teacher

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 nuts!

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!

Happy holiday!

Dec 09, 2019
Differentiating Vocabulary Instruction

Are you using the Not So Wimpy teacher vocabulary units and daily routine?

Monday: Definitions & Sentences

Tuesday: Synonyms & Antonyms

Wednesday: Prefixes & Suffixes

Thursday: Draw Pictures

Friday: Games and Assessment

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.

  1. Hand Motions
  2. Print Teacher Guide
  3. Games (Click HERE for some free games!)
  4. Modified Assessments
  5. Technology

Not So Wimpy teacher vocabulary units

Free Vocabulary Games

Dec 03, 2019
When You Have Students Who Don’t Celebrate the Holidays

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. It's an opportunity for you and your students to learn more about diversity and culture. It's your opportunity to get creative and try some new activities in your classroom!

In this episode I am going to go through three tips for teaching in December when you have students who don't celebrate the holidays.

  1. Talk to the parents.
  2. Respect the student.
  3. Get creative.

Let me know what kinds of activities you are planning in your classroom for those students who don't celebrate the holidays! I can't wait to hear!

Click HERE to grab the free snowman writing unit that I mentioned in this episode!

Nov 25, 2019
Improve Teacher and Staff Moral at Your School

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. Instead of talking about what we wish others would do, we are going to start talking about what WE can do to help to improve the morale at our school.

In this episode, I share several simple ideas that you can implement!

  1. Secret gift exchange
  2. Stocking the staff lounge
  3. Start a social club
  4. Host a book club
  5. Write positive notes

I'd love to hear about the ideas that you are coming up with. Let me know how you are going to improve morale at your school.

Let's make teaching fun, my friends!

Nov 19, 2019
Unique Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom

Halloween is over and now it is time to start planning Thanksgiving activities for the classroom!

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 too!

What if instead you planned unique Thanksgiving activities for the classroom? Activities that tie in your standards, but also totally engage them in what they are learning?

Sound amazing? In this podcast episode, I am chatting with one of my teacher besties, Stacey. She is sharing three super simple and unique Thanksgiving activities that she has done with her third graders. Plus, I throw in a fun science activity that my students always enjoyed.

Unique Thanksgiving Activities

Stone Soup:
Pumpkin Pie Science:
Making Butter
Cranberry STEM


Stone Soup book: in a new tab) Stone Soup letter to families:
Pumpkin Pie Science activity

Nov 04, 2019
Why I Took Grammar Out of Writing Workshop

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?

Grammar and writing go hand in hand, right?

And that is why you are wondering why I decided to stop teaching grammar during my writing workshop time.

I can honestly say that having a dedicated grammar lesson and a dedicated writing lesson helped my students to improve in both areas.

In this episode, I share three reasons why I removed most grammar lessons from my writing workshop time.

1. Students need dedicated grammar lessons.
2. There is more to writing than grammar.
3. I want to grow a love for writing.

Free Writing Lesson Guide:

My Grammar Routine:

Oct 28, 2019
Managing the Stress and Overwhelm of Teacher Life

Teaching is tough work. You just can’t argue with that. It’s easy to get stressed out, overwhelmed and burn out.

My guest, Dawn Pensack, was a middle school math teacher. She actually got so stressed out as a teacher that she physically got sick. Dawn learned from her experience and she now focuses on helping adults to manage their stress, improve their overall emotional wellness, and find more happiness in their lives.

Dawn shared five simple ways that busy teachers can manage their stress and overwhelm so that they can enjoy teaching more.

Mindful Breathing
Balance Poses to Focus the Brain
Bright Spots
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:

Oct 21, 2019
Communicating with Challenging Parents

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
  • setting boundaries
  • emailing parents
  • calling parents
  • choosing positivity

The most important thing is to remember that we always want to do what is best for our students!

Oct 14, 2019
Tips for Spiral Review

I am just going to come right out and say it...

I HATE worksheets.

I don't just dislike them. I literally hate them.

I didn't always have a choice. I was required to use certain worksheets. And in the past, I would give more worksheets than I should have. I used to print a spiral review worksheet for my kids to work on as morning work every day.

But I have learned and grown as an educator. I am going to challenge you to ditch those spiral review worksheets.

Why ditch the spiral review worksheets?

-They are boring and do not keep our learners engaged.
-They almost never match your pacing guide.
-They can be a huge time sucker.

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.
-Look for natural times to review during lessons. Use

What do you think? Are you up for the challenge of eliminating those spiral review worksheets?

Sep 23, 2019
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?

Click Here->

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?
Get more info:
Questions? Email me at

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!

Get Registered:

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
Why in the world do you need math centers?
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
Simple Ways to Review Grammar Skills
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
Two Surprises!

I have two BIG teacher appreciation surprises that you are going to love! Listen for all of the details and then come back here for the links you'll need!

1. Grab the resource link.
2. Put the link on the contest Facebook post.
3. Respond to my FB messenger post.

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May 06, 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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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