My favorite part of teaching was always to help a student to discover their love for reading. It felt like the greatest honor. Once a student grows that love for reading, I know that I have made a forever impact.  The number one way to help a kiddo learn to love to read (according to me 😜) is to introduce them to tons of books. I want to surround them with possibilities.  But that costs money. And money is something that teachers do not have a lot of. In THIS post, I wrote about some ways that I grew my classroom library on a limited budget. My very favorite way was by using Scholastic book orders .  Do you use Scholastic book orders in your classroom? Are you getting the most out of your orders? Are you earning points and filling your library with engaging and fee books? Let me give you some tips to help you earn more bonus points that can be used to put books in the hands of your students. 1. Get Your Students Involved I have received emails from pare...
No Name papers are a teacher's nemesis. They rank right up there with broken copy machines and glue sticks without lids. 😩 How do we handle No Name papers? How can we get our dear students to write their name on the line that clearly says, "NAME"?  I asked the teachers in my third grade Facebook group these very questions. They came up with several fantastic ideas for you to try! So pick one or two that sound perfect for your group of kiddos! 1. Reminder Sign Do you have a place in your classroom where students go to turn in their work? Try putting a reminder sign right on the turn in try. I like to put it right in the way, so kids have to move the sign to turn in the paper.  You can click HERE to grab my sign for free. 2. Highlighting Using a highlighter can be a great way to eliminate those No Name papers. Put highlighters in supply caddies or have each kiddo keep a highlighter in their desk. After they write their name, they are requ...
How do you teach writing? Do you have any idea how many people ask me this question every week? I think they ask so often because writing is so darn hard to teach. Am I right? 🙌🏻 Everyone is hoping that I have some magic fairy dust that I can sprinkle on their students' notebooks that will magically create complete sentences, paragraphs and well thought out responses.  I have some bad news... There is no magic fairy writing dust. #sosorry But I do have some good news... I have screwed up teaching writing for so long, that I have learned a few things that actually improved my students' writing! Good news for me, right?! Would you like for me to share? #ofcourse So here is my version of the magic fairy dust... Teach writing in units of study. #seriously Huh? What are you talking about, Jamie? Let me explain...  Some teachers spend a few days working on an informational report for science. Then they have their kids spend a couple ...
Well hello all you Not So Wimpy fans!!  I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to be a guest blogger on the Not So Wimpy blog.  I am Amanda Quisenberry and I teach 3rd grade for a wonderful school in West Texas (GO PIRATES).  I am married and have three fantastic kids who are growing up way too fast.  I am just starting my 5th year in the classroom, and I still can’t believe how blessed I am to get to do what I do everyday.   I never thought in one million (word form) years that I would ever be asked to write for Jamie’s blog.  Why you ask?  First of all, I DON’T WRITE.  Anything, ever.  I almost didn’t apply for graduate school because the 500 word essay totally freaked me out.  However, if you teach in Texas, then you are familiar with T-TESS and all that that implies.   Anywho, my personal goal this year is to implement Writer’s Workshop, which is why I stumbled upon Jamie’s blog one sunny day in June, and my life has not been the same since.  Seriously, now I...
Did you look all of my free math resources ? I sure hope so! Today, I am crazy excited to share some free ELA resources that I have made for you. Enjoy! Free Vocabulary Games Are you having fun with your vocabulary words? How about playing some games in a center or as a whole group. Click HERE to read about my vocabulary games and grab all of the printables for FREE! Free Grammar Activities If you have never used my grammar sets , you might want to try one for free! This set includes a PowerPoint lesson, notebook activity, writing activity, task cards and an assessment to cover common and proper nouns. Click HERE to grab the whole set for FREE! Free Writing Course I am so insanely proud of this email course! I share tons of tips for teaching writing. And more importantly, I share tons of freebies: lesson plans, anchor charts, rubrics, conference forms and more! Click HERE to sign up for this free course. Free Professional Development Videos You...